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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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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 >

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 >

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