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2013: The Year of the Law Firm Merger

Citing irresolvable conflicts of interests between their respective government clients, yesterday Orrick (#37 in the Vault Law 100) and Pillsbury (Vault Law #60) called off their anticipated mega-merger that would have created one of the 10 largest U.S. law firms. Read More >

Adjusted Expectations: 5 Women on Big Law, 12 Years Later

Five women, all embarking on law careers at Debevoise & Plimpton, reflected on "ambition, leadership and success" for the September 9th, 2001 issue of the New York Times. Unsurprisingly, they sounded confident, modern, full of energy, and boundlessly optimistic about their career possibilities as women in a male dominated field-especially at the high levels they aspired to. That was 12 years ago. Has big law changed? Read More >

The Partner Track: Dare You Proceed?

The American Lawyer recently published its 2013 New Partner Survey, shedding light on how it really feels to reach the supposed Holy Grail of BigLaw. The survey gathered responses from nearly 500 attorneys at AmLaw 200 firms who joined the partnership ranks between 2010 and 2013 and asked them to rate and comment on various criteria including compensation, how well their firms prepared them to be partner, and general career satisfaction. Two-thirds of the respondents were men. Read More >

It’s Pro Bono Week! Which Firms Top Vault’s List?

This week lawyers nationwide are participating in the National Pro Bono Celebration, a week-long initiative launched by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Now in its fifth year, the Celebration unites bar associations, law firms, public interest organizations, and courts around the country to recognize the importance of pro bono work. Read More >

Court is Back in Session: Law School Advice from the Pros

The first Monday in October proceeded as usual this year, at least for the U.S. Supreme Court. In spite of the partial federal government shutdown, the court began its new term on Monday, October 7, and has announced that it will operate normally at least through October 18 (further announcement will be provided if the lapse of appropriations continues beyond that date). Read More >

Your Law Career in Six Words

Six words tell a great story. So great, in fact, that last week SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoir project expanded its sphere of influence to reach the legal blog universe. Inspired by the Six-Word Festival on Twitter, held from September 24-26, several legal websites including the ABA Journal and the WSJ Law Blog invited readers to share six-word stories about law school, law careers, or the law in general. Read More >

Summer Associate Decision Time

It's that time of year when 2Ls who are lucky enough to have multiple offers for summer associate positions must make their big decision. If you have yet to accept an offer, you are likely wrestling with some serious questions that will not only shape your upcoming summer, but the rest of your career. Read More >

Latest Survey Shows Slow Improvements in Law Firm Diversity

Results of the most recent Law Firm Diversity Survey, conducted jointly by Vault and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), show that minority and women attorneys at law firms are making steady advancements, but are still far from achieving full parity. The findings are from the 10th annual Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey conducted in the spring of 2013. Read More >

Halloween Preview: Scariest Law Firms

Autumn is upon us.  With the chilly weather slowly creeping in on the East Coast and Halloween season not too far away, it seems appropriate that BTI Consulting Group released its "Fearsome Foursome" list just last week.  This year, according to BTI's annual survey of in-house attorneys, the "Most Feared Firms in Litigation" are… (cue haunted house sound effects please)… Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Quinn Emanuel, and Skadden Arps. Read More >

Vault Honors the Best Law Firms for Diversity

On Friday, August 2, Vault hosted its third Annual Diversity Awards in Washington, DC. At the awards ceremony, Vault recognized the top-ranked law firms for diversity. Once again-for the fifth straight year-Carlton Fields was ranked the No. 1 firm for Overall Diversity. The 2014 Diversity Rankings are based on the results of Vault's annual Associate Survey, in which nearly 17,000 associates took part this year. Read More >

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