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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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On Campus Interview Style--Simplified

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  August 13, 2014

With the start of OCI, rising 2Ls are tailoring those resumes and crossing their fingers for interview slots. For those fortunate enough to land interviews, the next step after firm research and mock interviewing is to pick out an outfit. Guys--you have it easy. Dark suit, white shirt, conservative tie. Basically, look like you have it together, get a haircut and be a professional adult human. Ladies--things for you are a little more complicated, of course.   Can a woman wear a pant suit... Read More >

Brand Yourself to Advance Your Career

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  August 06, 2014

By now, most job seekers know that anything posted to social media is potentially available to recruiters, future employers and current bosses. In addition to adjusting their privacy settings and de-tagging pictures of themselves doing body shots on spring break to hide certain aspects of their lives, job hunters and those seeking career advancement can  use social media to create a personal brand showcasing their skills to further their career goals. To create a cohesive brand, job hunters... Read More >

Getting Ahead Through Mentorship and Sponsorship

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  July 25, 2014

When discussing their career prospects, associates often note that promotion depends on close relationships with the rainmaking or other powerful partners.  Although important, it can often be difficult for minority and female associates to form the right type of relationship with partners. At the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference, a panel of experts explained the difference between mentorship and sponsorship and provided tips on how minority... Read More >

The Cold Truth about the Bar Exam

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  July 22, 2014

It's the final countdown-the bar exam is one week away. Despite reassurances from your mom that you're "definitely going to pass," the truth is…you might not. And. That's. Okay. Your friends won't judge you, and no one will think less of you. Anyone who has had the unfortunate pleasure to sit for a bar exam knows that the line between passing and failing is as thin as a page in your Barbri review book. The bar exam is hard, people are supposed to fail.  While the February bar exam may... Read More >

Don't Fear the Reaper (i.e. the Bar Exam)

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  July 15, 2014

Well, we're here. The bar exam classes have ended, and you now have two weeks to insert the laws of an entire state into your tired, tired brain. Here's a sampling of questions you may be asking yourself: "Where did the summer go?" "Why did I go to law school?" "Why is everything on this page highlighted?!?!" "Am I going to barf on exam day?"     The answers are really quite simple: "You've been inside studying." "You have no one to blame but yourself." "Because you need to... Read More >

How to Answer a Dreaded Interview Question

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  June 05, 2014

You've tailored your cover letter and resume and now you've landed that interview. Great! Now it's time to prep. While you may be prepared to answer questions about your resume and past experiences, there are often questions that you would rather not answer. One question that makes many job hunters uncomfortable is the dreaded "What's your [fill in standardized test here] score?" No matter the poison, LSAT, GMAT, SAT, etc., feeling like you're being judged based on a number can certainly be... Read More >

Law Students School ICE

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  May 30, 2014

With law school enrollment declining and professors and Supreme Court justices battling over whether law school should be reduced from three to two years, it can be easy to forget some of the positive substantive work upper-year law students perform. Recently, students enrolled in the Workers & Immigration Rights Advocacy Clinic of Yale Law School in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project won a victory for detained undocumented persons.... Read More >

The Return of the Electric Chair, Firing Squad and Gas Chamber

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  May 23, 2014

While the use and public approval of the death penalty has declined, and many prestigious law firms take on death row inmates as pro bono clients, some states are looking for a work around to continue executing inmates despite the recent shortage of the drugs used in lethal injections. Tennessee's Republican governor, Bill Haslam, approved a law which would allow the Volunteer State to execute death row inmates using the electric chair, if prisons did not have the appropriate lethal... Read More >

Should You Accept a Job that You Don’t Really Want?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  May 16, 2014

The hunt for a new job, particularly an entry-level job, can be agonizing-endless hours of scrolling through LinkedIn, writing cover letters that, somehow, aren't just a restatement of your resume, faking that you have two to five years experience, sending applications into the black void of the internet, never to be seen or acknowledged again. The rejection is real, and restraining yourself from throwing your phone into the East River when your Mom suggests that you buy a newspaper and look... Read More >

What is Litigation Funding? Can it Work for You?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  May 09, 2014

The high cost of litigation has often been lamented as the both the cause of strike suits filed with the intent to force defendants to settle and as a barrier preventing plaintiffs from pursuing meritorious claims. Litigation funding is unique new way to potentially resolve this problem. Essentially, a third party finances the litigation and receives a portion of the winnings, if any, in return.  I recently had the opportunity to learn more about this exciting new industry by interviewing... Read More >

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