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A Day in the Life of a Managing Partner

Considering a career in law, or a transition within the legal profession? The following profile of a day in the life of a managing partner is an excerpt from the Vault Career Guide to Law, 2014 Edition. Read More >

Hate Your Firm? Fortune & Vault Have Some Suggestions

Fortune recently released its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and five Vault firms made Fortune's list:  Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Arnold & Porter LLP; Cooley LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; and Alston & Bird LLP. Fortune's rankings are based on a survey of random employees in which respondents rate criteria related to the quality of their workplace culture such as pay, benefits and workplace programs. Read More >

And the Winner for Most Expensive Law School Is…

According to the National Law Journal, Columbia tops the charts as the priciest law school in the country. Last year, tuition at the school was $60,274. Coincidentally--or not--Columbia is also #1 when it comes to percent of grads who go on to BigLaw. In 2014, 66.24% of its graduates were hired by the nation's largest 250 law firms. Columbia was NLJ's #1 "Go-To" school (aka most beloved by law firm hiring partners and recruiters) in 2013 as well. Read More >

If the Suit Fits:I'm taking Another Bar Exam, Episode 4

Well it's over.  Although I'm doing my best to block it out, the New York Bar exam was pretty much exactly what I expected. The essays were a mix of wills, evidence, real property, contracts, corporations, torts, no-fault insurance and conflict of laws. Surprisingly, there wasn't a domestic relations essay, and mercifully, there wasn't an administrative law essay.  There weren't any major ExamSoft meltdowns and no one had a seizure. Read More >

Does Money Buy Happiness in BigLaw?

Things are looking up for the future of associate compensation following the 2014 bonus announcements, which started with Simpson Thacher raising the bar from past years and continued with most big firms following suit. (Or in the case of Davis Polk, upping Simpson's ante and setting the bar even higher). This is good news in the sense that associates can really feel rewarded for putting in 2000+ billables per year. Read More >

Finding Love at Work is More Acceptable Than Ever

Another year, another sign that office romances are gradually becoming more and more acceptable in workplaces throughout the United States. Indeed, the most striking statistic from this year's Vault Office Romance survey is that just 5 percent of respondents believe that no office romances are appropriate, down from 9 percent in 2011. Read More >

Love and Lust in Lawyerland

The highly anticipated results of Vault's Office Romance Survey are in, and as Vault's Law Editor, I couldn't wait to see what our friends in the legal profession had to say about workplace relationships. Because lawyers are SO scandalous and unpredictable. OK, I'll hold the sarcasm-because contrary to conventional wisdom it actually turns out that lawyers aren't necessarily lamer than other professionals when it comes to this topic. Read More >

The Ultimate Alternative Career for Lawyers

While it may no longer be true that you can do anything with a law a degree, one job that still does appear to be J.D. preferred is President of the United States of America. Twenty-five of the nation's 44 presidents studied or practiced law at some point during their careers. In honor of Presidents' Day, below find a list of the United State Presidents who were also lawyers. No. 2 - John Adams No. 3 - Thomas Jefferson No . 4 - James Madison No. 6 - John Quincy Adams No. Read More >

Your Essential Guide to BigLaw Pro Bono Work

Interested in starting your career at a large law firm, but want to size up its commitment to pro bono work? Want to read about the role of BigLaw in litigating landmark civil rights cases at the Supreme Court? Curious how many hours of pro bono you and your colleagues clock in annually? You can find all this information and more in the 2015 edition of Vault's Guide to Law Firm Pro Bono Programs. Read More >

21 Questions to Ask During an Interview for a Legal Job

Landing an interview, dressing to impress and confidently answering interview questions are only part of the equation of a successful interview. It's important that candidates show an interest in the law firm or organization and treat the interview like a conversation. One of the best ways to do this is by asking thoughtful questions--not just questions whose answers readily appear on the firm's or organization's website. Read More >

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