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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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Is Your Law School Ranked Highest for Soul Crushing Debt?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  March 27, 2014

It's no secret that here at Vault, we love a good law ranking, and we hope that our rankings help job hunters find the best firm for them by emphasizing positive traits. Taking a different approach, U.S. News & World Report recently released a list of schools that prospective law students may want to avoid, a list of law school graduates with the most paralyzing debt. Below are the top ten law schools with the highest average indebted 2013 law graduates who incurred law school... Read More >

How Can Female Attorneys Avoid Being an Underpaid Non-Partner Track Associate?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  March 18, 2014

Earlier this month,  the National Association of Women Lawyers released its "Report of the Eight Annual NAWL National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms," a survey of 200 of the largest law firms in the United States for 2013, that mirrored the findings in Vault's 2013 Law Firm Associate Survey. While some of the results were depressing, possible gender pay gap, barriers to promotion, the NAWL Report also highlighted some indicators that female attorneys should take note... Read More >

This Week's Law Firms in the News - March 9, 2014

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  March 11, 2014

Who are Vault's five favorite firms this week?

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What’s Really Happening with Ladies in the Law? Observations from NAWL and Vault Surveys

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  March 04, 2014

Well, lady lawyers, the results are in. You will likely be disappointed, but probably not overly surprised, to learn that you're still getting paid less than your male counterparts and working in the lowest-status attorney positions in the firm. The National Association of Women Lawyers recently released its "Report of the Eight Annual NAWL National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms," surveying 200 of the largest law firms in the United States for 2013.  While the... Read More >

Can Stock Photos Eliminate Sexism in the Workplace?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  February 19, 2014

If you read articles on the Internet, you can't escape stock photos. In fact, you are looking at one right now! While some are certainly more creative than others, the carefully contrived images of 30 something office workers in painfully straight pinstripe suits are almost laughable. Although many of us might not give these images spicing up our blogs and news articles much thought, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg is.  Sandberg's nonprofit organization, LeanIn.org, is partnering with... Read More >

Dinr L8R PLZ XOXO ;) – Is it Appropriate to Send Personal Texts at Work?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  February 03, 2014

With Valentine's Day looming, many young lawyers and law students may feel panic motivating them to start upping their text game to lock down that compulsory romantic February 14th date (or going radio silent to avoid the impending awkward allusions to dinner plans). I can only assume this exchange will be conducted via text, because I don't think cell phones have the capability to actually make calls anymore. I can't comment on whether you are texting someone too much, if you had to Google... Read More >

Finding Happiness and Practicing Law are Not Mutually Exclusive

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  January 23, 2014

I showed up for my first day of law school with my shiny new case books and 50 pages of perfectly typed notes in hand. I was eager, ready to espouse all of my knowledge about Vosburg v. Putney and, apparently, doomed. Rather than kicking off the class with a rousing discussion of 19th century shin injuries, the professor climbed on top of his soap box and proceeded to launch into a speech detailing the perils of a career as an attorney. I learned that (1.) my classmates and I would soon... Read More >

Does Decreased Law School Enrollment Signal a Change in Legal Education?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  January 09, 2014

Like rats abandoning a sinking ship, prospective law students appear to be fleeing in droves from the once hallowed halls of legal learning, if the American Bar Association's law school enrollment statistics are any indication of prospective student interest. Enrollment of first year law students at ABA-accredited law schools for classes that began in Fall 2013 was down 11 percent compared to enrollment for Fall 2012 classes. When comparing the number of incoming students in Fall 2013 to... Read More >

Should You Consider a Law Firm Incubator?

by Kaitlin Edleman  |  January 02, 2014

With law school enrollment rates down 24 percent since 2010, it's no secret that the legal job market is hardly bursting with opportunity. Finding a job with a firm has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for many recent law school graduates. Some combat this problem by hanging their own shingles, but the business of starting a firm can be daunting. To address this issue, some law schools are developing creative new programs that provide graduates with the tools to start their... Read More >

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