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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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That Old Familiar Feeling: I'm Taking Another Bar Exam, Episode 2

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  January 07, 2015

Was that phone booth I stepped into for that "hilarious" Instagram photo really a time machine (life doesn't seem particularly excellent right now) or is it just déjà vu? That old familiar bar exam feeling is back. I've been studying for my second bar exam for about two weeks, I had to let my black market Barbri books mock me from the corner of my room for about a month before actually opening them to study, and I have to say, it feels like the summer of 2012 all over again-physically,... Read More >

What You Can Do About the Eric Garner & Mike Brown Grand Jury Decisions

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  December 17, 2014

After grand juries declined to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, and NYPD officer Daniel Panteleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, tens of thousands of demonstrators have flooded streets across the United States to participate in marches and "die-ins" to protest police brutality and racial profiling. Although the collective action of these protests can certainly be powerful,... Read More >

Fool Me Twice: I’m Taking Another Bar Exam, Episode 1

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  December 08, 2014

Now that I've survived my first year living in New York City, and don't plan on moving in the foreseeable future, I've decided that it's probably time to take the New York bar exam. Even as a non-practicing attorney, I feel like I should be licensed in the state in which I'm living. At the risk of jinxing myself, I'll be chronicling my journey to the TBD location in New York City to sit for the 2-day exam in a reoccurring series. I assume it will be just as riveting and popular as NPR's... Read More >

How to Spend Your Law School Winter Break

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  December 03, 2014

Although law students are likely deep in the throes of exam prep, the glorious reprieve of winter break is coming. 

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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 >

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