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Kaitlin Edleman

Kaitlin is Vault's Associate Law Editor. She  covers news and career advice relating to the legal industry on Vault's Law Blog. Kaitlin earned her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and her B.A. from University of Maryland. Prior to joining Vault, she clerked for the Honorable Randall Smith and the Honorable Marjorie Arrington of the First Judicial Circuit of Virginia. 


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How Should College Students Spend Their Summers?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  April 22, 2015

Although many college students have had their summer jobs and internships locked down for months, others are only now considering how to spend their three month-long breaks away from classes. Many students face the choice between a "professional" internship working for a company like Northwestern Mutual or a "fun" summer job like waiting tables or lifeguarding. The pros of an official professional internship are obvious. Most importantly, college students may be able to leverage a summer... Read More >

Will the Scarcity of Lethal Injection Drugs Lead to More Executions by Firing Squads?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  April 01, 2015

Controversy surrounding the death penalty has intensified following Utah's recent enactment of legislation that would allow convicted capital offenders to be executed by firing squad if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The bill's sponsor, Republican Paul Ray, claimed that a firing squad was "probably the most humane way to kill somebody." When signing the bill into law, Republican Governor Gary Herbert stated that finding an alternate method of execution was necessary because of the... Read More >

Tips for the MPRE

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  March 25, 2015

The first MPRE of 2015 is this Saturday. Are you ready? The MPRE-Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam-is the first hurdle hopeful future lawyers must clear before being admitted to the bar. The MPRE tests your knowledge of the ethical standards of the legal profession. The exam is 60 questions, 10 of which are experimental questions, and it must be completed with 125 minutes, allowing for just over two minutes per question.  Fortunately, unlike the bar exam, the MPRE is offered... Read More >

3 Reasons Businesses Should Offer Flex Schedules

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  March 17, 2015

Follow Vault on Twitter @VaultCareers, @VaultFinance, @VAULTLAW, Instagram @VaultCareers and Facebook!  Read More: Face It, We're CubedCube Life is Killing MeThe Revolution Against Open-Office Plans Has Begun5 Ways to Stop Your Cubicle From Killing YouDinr L8R PLZ XOXO ;) - Is it Appropriate to Send Personal Texts at Work?What a Flexible Workplace Has to Do With Trust and Creativity (Inc.)The Advantages & Disadvantages of Flexible Scheduling for an Employer (Small Business)10 Ways to... Read More >

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

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  March 03, 2015

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. It was just a thousand exhausted people with cold nervous... Read More >

The Ultimate Alternative Career for Lawyers

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  February 10, 2015

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. 7 - Andrew... Read More >

21 Questions to Ask During an Interview for a Legal Job

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  February 04, 2015

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. To help jumpstart the process, below (in no particular order) find 21... Read More >

I Should be Studying More: I'm Taking Another Bar Exam, Episode 3

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  January 28, 2015

The New York Bar Exam is officially less than a month away. Do I feel prepared? The answer is, obviously, no. I definitely could be studying more, but I could also be studying WAY less. A surprising challenge that I'm facing is finding a place to study. I can make flashcards with music playing or background noise, but I need complete silence to take practice tests or fully concentrate on reviewing my notes. That means my apartment is out for most of my studying. First, I don't have a desk... Read More >

Four Tips for Generating New Clients

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  January 20, 2015

Lawyers exist to serve the needs of their clients. Clients are the lifeblood of every law firm. Regardless of size or prestige, without clients, a firm can't survive. Many associates are often tasked with generating new business, and failure to do so could mean forfeited annual pay raises, decreased bonus opportunities, stalled promotion prospects and even job loss. While some firms offer training on business development, many do not, and solo practitioners are on their own to figure it... Read More >

Switch to Your Law Firm's Tax Group ASAP!

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  January 14, 2015

Many factors contribute to overall satisfaction with a legal job-co-workers, commute time, the jerk level of the boss-but the most important factors may be the subject matter associates are required to stare at ALL DAY LONG and the type of work related to that subject matter. Switching practice groups may be the solution to unhappiness in the workplace-whether that is an available option is another question. According to data collected from Vault's 2014 Law Firm Associate Survey, a survey... Read More >

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