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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 >

A Day in the Life: Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

Adriana Rodriguez's Equal Justice Works Fellowship brought her back to her hometown of Laredo, Texas, where she grew up. During her two years as a Teach for America Corps Member placed at Reagan High School in Houston to teach 9th grade English, she found that many of her students came from low-income families and had witnessed domestic violence in their households. Read More >

Is a Switch from Lawyer to Business Owner in Your Future?

Some of you may be considering starting your own business. Because the media repeatedly reports glowing stories about the latest 29-year-olds to sell their companies for $20,000,000, many people are now deciding to act on their dream of founding the next Google or Starbucks. Perhaps the motivation driving the rapid rise in self-employment is a desire for independence-"No one is going to fire, underpay, or under-appreciate me again! Read More >

It’s Law Firm Bonus Time!

The Thanksgiving leftovers are dwindling and law firm associates are back to work today-that is, if they weren't in the office all weekend. And on the exact same day as it did last year, top law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore kicked off bonus season by announcing associate bonuses for 2012. If the last several years are any indication, it won't be long until most every other New York BigLaw firm follows suit and offers associates-surprise!-exactly the same amount of money. Read More >

The (Investment Banking) Associate

Money makes the world go 'round, so it is hardly a surprise that more and more law students are drawn to interviews with investment banks. The finance industry has always been a competitive field, due in large part to the glamour and prestige assigned to the working relationships with industry titans, but what does it really mean to be an associate at an investment bank? Read More >

An Open Letter to the Law Firm Class of 2012

Dearest Incoming Junior Associates, As thousands of you, newly-minted lawyers, step into your shiny offices for the first time this fall, the sighs of relief will echo through the book-lined halls of law firms all over the country. "I've made it! All those years of school, law review, moot court, clinics, and clerkships were all about getting here; and I have arrived. Whew! Read More >

The Two-Year JD?

As law students and alumni know, 3L year (the third and final year of law school) is considered by many to be useless-a waste of time and money. Because most law students complete their required coursework at some point during their second year, the third year is usually filled with electives or clinical work. And while these courses are no doubt intellectually stimulating, they are also expensive-in terms of both time and money. Read More >

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