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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 joing Vault, she clerked for the Honorable Randall Smith and the Honorable Marjorie Arrington of the First Judicial Circuit of Virginia. 


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1Ls -- We Need to Talk About Your Grades

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  November 04, 2014

Hey 1Ls, totally no pressure or anything, but it's November. Have you started outlining yet? You bought those commercial outlines already, right? You do realize exams start in about a month…are you mentally, physically and emotionally prepared? There's a reason that the mention of exams, particularly 1L Fall exams, quicken the pace of law students' already overly caffeinated rapidly pulsing hearts. Grades matter. A lot. Associates from Vault's 2014 Law Firm Associate Survey, a survey of... Read More >

Are the New Options Available for Student Loan Refinancing Right for You?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  October 29, 2014

For many recent graduates, the thought of paying back the principal amount of their student loans can be overwhelming, add in the additional compound interest they'll be paying over the life of the loan and the total student loan figure can become utterly nauseating. As a result (and because it is unlikely their student loans will disappear), some recent graduates may consider student loan consolidation and refinancing as a way to combine all of their loans into a single monthly payment and... Read More >

Can Content Marketing Work for Your Firm?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  October 21, 2014

In today's legal marketplace, a law firm of any size would be remiss to abstain from having a website or internet presence. A website provides potential clients with information about the firm and its services, and it can also be used as a way for the firm to demonstrate its expertise. While there are rules of professional conduct regulating the content of lawyer advertising, firms can still take advantage of content marketing to attract and retain clients. Content marketing is the... Read More >

Give Up on Your Dream Job?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  October 15, 2014

"Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." Words of wisdom or annoyingly ubiquitous career advice that's not actually accurate or helpful? Career/workplace issues expert Mart Nemko suggests that rather than looking for a "dream career," job hunters should focus on finding job satisfaction, even if that means working in a seemingly boring or ordinary position. Chasing your passion may be terrible advice for many people. What if you don't have any real "passions" or... Read More >

This Attorney Really Doesn't Want You to Go to Law School

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  October 07, 2014

A personal injury attorney in Illinois may have solved the nation's underemployment crisis for law school graduates…paying them not to study law to begin with. To swat back the swarm of newly minted attorneys descending upon the legal job market, Matthew Willens of Willens Law Offices in Chicago and Rolling Meadows, Illinois offered a $1,000 scholarship to students working toward a graduate degree in a field other than law. The aptly named "Anything but Law School" scholarship was recently... Read More >

How to Become a SCOTUS Litigator

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  September 30, 2014

Listen up litigators. Think you're ready to tackle those tough constitutional questions; think your oral advocacy is persuasive enough to lure staunch conservative Antonin Scalia to the progressive side? Well, your best shot to stand at the podium and argue a case before the Notorious RBG and the other eight justices of the Supreme Court of the United States may be to work at one of the following five firms: WilmerHale Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Goldstein & Russell,... Read More >

Is the Book that Inspired you to Become a Lawyer Banned?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  September 24, 2014

Other than Law & Order, perhaps nothing has inspired a generation of young people to pursue a career in the law more than riveting crime novels or books of humble lawyers seeking justice for unpopular clients. However, not everyone felt motivated to promote truth and justice by these books of legal intrigue, in fact, some wanted them banned. In honor of Banned Books Week, below find the Vault editors' favorite three novels with legal themes that have been banned or challenged.  Read... Read More >

Can This Initiative Make Your Student Loan Debt Disappear?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  September 17, 2014

Ever heard of Strike Debt? No? Well, if you have privately financed student loan debt, you should pay attention.  It turns out that Occupy Wall Street is still around, and the activist movement is trying to occupy your bank account, in a good way. Occupy Wall Street's offshoot, Strike Debt, has recently eliminated $3.8 million of student loan debt. Strike Debt purchased $3.8 million in privately financed student loan debt for only $100,000--and then, simply, paid it off--relieving 2,700... Read More >

The Secrets of Successful Networking Revealed

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  September 10, 2014

This week at an American Business Women's Association event in New York City, Selena Soo, a business and publicity strategist, gave an interactive presentation on "Authentic Networking." While some job seekers and professionals may conjure thoughts of forced interactions and awkward follow-up emails when thinking of networking, Soo provided three secrets to ease the pain of cold networking and to create meaningful contacts more effectively. Secret No 1. Getting access to the right... Read More >

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