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Kaitlin Edleman

Kaitlin is an associate attorney at a small law firm that focuses on bar and restuarant law in New York City.

Before joining her current firm, Kaitlin served as Vault's Associate Law Editor. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Randall Smith and the Honorable Marjorie Arrington of the First Judicial Circuit of Virginia. 

Kaitlin earned her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and her B.A. from University of Maryland. 


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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 >

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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