Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus is Vault’s Associate Law Editor. She received her BA in English from Illinois Wesleyan University and her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She has worked for a literary magazine and a nonfiction music publisher and now creates career advice content for Vault’s blog.


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Should I Transfer Schools?: An Insider's Perspective

by Kaitlin McManus  |  January 14, 2019

As we enter into the new year, it's only natural that we start taking stock of where we find ourselves. We ask ourselves if the past year was a good one for us, if this coming one will be better, and if we're happy with where we are in life-deep questions in the deep winter. It was around this time in 2013 that I looked at myself and realized that I wasn't happy. At all, hardly ever. I was a sophomore in college, studying what I loved in a great city, and I went home to Illinois in... Read More >

Take a Look: The Best Law Firms for Transparency

by Kaitlin McManus  |  January 08, 2019

A law firm's level of transparency can have a tremendous impact on its associates' job satisfaction. Be it concerning the firm's financials, the path to promotion and partnership, or bonus and pay structure-when leadership is up front about the state of the firm, it can make associates feel more invested in their workplace. Transparency can boost firm morale and encourage an open, honest firm culture. In Vault's recent Associate Survey, insiders shared their thoughts on their firms'... Read More >

How to Network in Close-Knit Industries

by Kaitlin McManus  |  January 07, 2019

Let me tell you a little story about small working communities: Two summers ago, I went to a panel where an editor named Katie was speaking. She brought some books that she'd worked on to hand out and I snagged a book that had been on my list for a few months, then read it a few weeks later. Come fall, I was in a class with a different editor named John who asked us to find authors who fit a specific theme for an upcoming project. I suggested the author of the book I'd gotten from Katie.... Read More >

Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

by Kaitlin McManus  |  January 01, 2019

Did you know that January 17th is National Ditch Your New Year's Resolution Day? Is that a little depressing for anyone else? I like to think that I can stick with my goals for a little longer than 17 days. That said, if I looked closely, I probably don't. And I'm probably not alone. My goal this year is to eat more veggies-in the words of the disgraced Louis C.K., I eat high-octane crap. So it's time I grew up enough to put more things that grow on trees and bushes into my tummy. This is... Read More >

5 Tips for a More Productive Morning

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 26, 2018

I know I'm not the only one out there who is almost useless in the morning. It's not a "don't talk to me until I've had my coffee" thing so much as a "I am essentially a vegetable until after noon" thing. I work, but I often find that my brain doesn't kick into high gear until well after lunch. If the work day was at night, I'd be twice as productive-or so I'd like to think while I stare at my ceiling at 2 a.m. But come 9 a.m.? Nothing. Here are a few tricks I use to make sure that I... Read More >

5 Tips for Actually Using Productivity Apps

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 18, 2018

When it comes to productivity, I like to kick it old school with a pen-and-paper planner. But technology (and being attached to our phones and devices) is a part of life, and fortunately that means there are some really amazing apps out there to boost productivity for the more digitally-inclined among us. The problem is, you actually have to keep up with it for them to help you stay on track. Some tips for keeping up with physical planners and their virtual counterparts are similar (establ Read More >

Getting the Most Out of Campus Career Services

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 14, 2018

I've attended three colleges in my higher education career: in undergrad I transferred from one school to another, and I went to the third for grad school. You know what that means? It means I've been inside my fair share of career services offices. I've found that campus career advisors are, by and large, enthusiastic, helpful, and excellent at their job. What's important to remember, however, is that the career services office is a resource-they're there to help put your best foot forward... Read More >

Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 11, 2018

Is anybody else out there having trouble checking off the people on their holiday shopping list? I've been pretty good this year, chugging along on what seems like a quest to spend all my money before the end of the year-but you know who's jamming up my progress? The lawyers. They are a tough bunch to shop for, let me tell you. And you can't get them all bottles of wine-they'll figure it out, they're good at that. So for anyone else who's having the same struggle with getting something... Read More >

Five Ways to Trick Yourself into Keeping a Planner

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 11, 2018

Grown, responsible adults keep a calendar-or so my mother has told me my whole life. So, this time last year, I decided that my New Year's resolution was going to be to keep a calendar. I ordered an expensive planner (to make sure I used it, the logic of which is a bit unclear to me these 12 months later), as well as a dot-matrix notebook for bullet journaling and a pocket planner with a subway map that I didn't need. I was ready to try it all. I failed. So hard. I didn't keep up with it... Read More >

5 Things to Do Before Leaving Your Internship

by Kaitlin McManus  |  December 06, 2018

Winter semester's almost over-I hope all you interns out there got some good experience, made connections, and had fun! Internships are wonderful experiences, and I'm sure you got to make the most of yours. But before you hop on your planes, trains, and automobiles to head for home (and home cooking), there are a few things you should make sure to do before your last day on the job. Make a list of all your projects Whether you were working on one big thing or you had irons in lots of... Read More >