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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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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 >

Should You Work During 1L?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  September 02, 2014

The specter of six figures of debt and the desire to gain legal work experience may lead some first-year law students into the job market before their 1L summer. However, the American Bar Association's guide How to Survive the First Year of Law School states that "working outside of school is best avoided during your first year of law school." While discouraged by the ABA, working during 1L may be unavoidable for some students for financial reasons or simply because they need to remove... Read More >

How to Land a Job in BigLaw

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  August 20, 2014

Law school applicants often face the choice between attending a higher ranked law school at full tuition and attending a lower ranked law school with a partial scholarship. Although it may seem like only a choice between tuitions, choosing the right law school may be even more important than OLs realize. According to research by FindTheBest, a research company that aggregates data and draws conclusions based on that data, law school rankings "matter tremendously" and "a spot in a top 14... Read More >

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 >

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