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Vault's New Guide to Legal Practice Areas

What does a securities litigator do all day? Which courses are recommended for budding private equity attorneys? What does it actually mean to be an "international lawyer"? Unfortunately, a traditional law school curriculum doesn't do much to help students figure out what it's really like to practice in different areas of the law. That's where our new guide-Practice Perspectives: Vault's Guide to Legal Practice Areas-comes in. Read More >

Are African-American Attorneys Losing Ground?

Vault, together with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, has worked with more than 200 law firms, including most of the Vault 100 and the Am Law 200, for the last 10 years to collect demographic data about law firm populations, recruiting practices, retention efforts and attrition rates in order to track diversity trends. Despite a recessionary blip, for the most part we have seen steady - albeit slow - progress for minority lawyers over the years. Read More >

Love and Law: 51% of Lawyers Polled Have Had an Office Affair

Who says the law isn't sexy? In Vault's annual Office Romance survey, 51% of attorneys reported that they had been part of an office romance. While this number pales in comparison to the 75% of energy sector employees who have gotten frisky with a co-worker, there's certainly more love in the air at law firms than one might expect. So what, exactly, do we mean by romance? Read More >

Check out Vault’s 2013 Pro Bono Guide!

The 2013 edition of the Vault Guide to Law Firm Pro Bono Programs is now available! The guide features detailed information about the pro bono work that 126 top law firms across the country have engaged in over the past few years. Read More >

Law Students: Get the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

Lainee Beigel, Career Esquire Often times law students think they know exactly what they want out of their careers. They then arrive at the big firm office (mine had a view of the Statue of Liberty) and realize, shortly after the glamor wears off, that this was not the right move. This leaves you in a position asking yourself, "did I just waste 3 years and an obscene amount of money on law school? Read More >

A Day in the Life: Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

While a 1L, Susan Friedman learned of a critical National Academy of Sciences report on the strengths and weaknesses of forensic science in the courtroom. Susan, who came to law school with two science degrees (a Bachelor's in Biochemistry and a Master's in Biomedical Sciences) and a passion for public interest law, was in the market for something that would combine her science background with her interest in service. Read More >

Overqualified is Not Out of Luck

How Overqualified Attorneys Can Market Themselves Competitively by Diane Rifkin, Rifkin Consulting We didn't fall over the fiscal cliff, but our economy is still not on solid ground. As the economy still struggles forward, the legal community has seen some high profile law firm collapses that sent shockwaves through the industry.  The legal industry is struggling and attorneys are struggling to find their place within the industry. Read More >

Hurricane Sandy: Equal Justice Works Legal Assistance

In times of disaster, public interest organizations like Equal Justice Works become especially relevant as people who have lost their homes and livelihoods find themselves in special need of legal services. Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellow Marcy Wehling gave Vault some insight into the legal aspects of disaster relief and the unique challenges posed by a storm's aftermath. Read More >

Vault's Top 10 Blogs of 2012

From The Monitor Group and Dewey & LeBoeuf bankrupcies to a simple act of ingenuity at Krispy Kreme donuts, 2012 has been a big year in career news. Revisit some of your favorite stories and advice blogs with our list of Vault's Top Read blogs of the year, 2012: 1. 6 Trickiest Interview Questions and How to Nail Them Guesstimates and brainteasers are two types of interview questions commonly asked by Wall Street firms, consulting firms, and tech firms. Read More >

Quick! Get into Harvard Law School While You Can!

Yesterday, Professor Jonathan D. Glater of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, wrote in the New York Times that right now is, in fact, a great time for you to apply to law school. Not because the economy is on the upswing or because legal hiring is predicted to grow in the next few years-but because it's easier to get in. Why is it easier to get in to law school right now? Because fewer people are applying. And why are fewer people applying? Read More >

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