Matt Moody

Matt is Vault’s Law Editor and writes about legal industry news and career advice on Vault’s Law Blog. Prior to joining Vault, Matt worked as a litigator at two Vault 100 law firms. Matt has a JD from Georgetown Law and a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida.

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How the Government is Screwing Public Interest Lawyers on Student Loans

by Matt Moody  |  April 05, 2017

Back in 2007, Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program to provide indebted professionals, including lawyers, a path to have their student loans forgiven in exchange for working in public service for ten years.  To be eligible, an individual must make 120 on-time monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a government organization or agency, 501(c)(3) organization, or other qualifying non-profit. After that time, the balance of... Read More >

Could a Two-Year JD Fix Law School?

by Matt Moody  |  March 28, 2017

Legal education took a major hit in the last economic downturn, and has basically been in an extended crisis for the last decade. Enrollment numbers dropped to levels not seen since the end of World War II (when there were significantly fewer law schools) and the decline is just now starting to level off. Law schools have had to lower their standards, shrink their classes, or both to stay alive. Law graduates from prestigious schools and for-profit bottom-feeders alike are often saddled... Read More >

Is Harvard Trying to Kill the LSAT?

by Matt Moody  |  March 12, 2017

Harvard Law recently announced that it would accept the GRE in place of the LSAT for its applicants beginning this fall. Harvard stated that the decision was a matter of access, stating that the "GRE is offered frequently throughout the year and in numerous locations around the world." Before making the change, the school studied the success of law students who had taken both the GRE and the LSAT and found GRE scores to be equally predictive of law school success. Law school applications... Read More >

Check out Vault's 2017 Pro Bono Guide!

by Matt Moody  |  March 02, 2017

The 2017 edition of the Vault Guide to Law Firm Pro Bono Programs is now available! The guide features detailed information about the pro bono work that 125 top law firms across the country have engaged in over the past few years. In many ways, the firms featured in the guide couldn't be more different: they include international behemoths with offices across the globe and smaller boutiques with just one office; firms headquartered from New York to Texas to California; firms with over a... Read More >

How to Become a Harvard Law-Trained Novelist

by Matt Moody  |  February 22, 2017

Jeremy Blachman came to legal world fame a decade ago through his blog Anonymous Lawyer, a satirical view of BigLaw firms through the eyes of a fictitious partner. Though still a Harvard Law student at the time, Jeremy's hilarious view of law firm life attracted lawyers' and students' attention and led him to write his first novel, also called Anonymous Lawyer. Last year saw the release of his second novel The Curve, co-written with Cameron Stracher. Set in a fictional failing law school on... Read More >

America Is Having Trouble Focusing at Work These Days

by Matt Moody  |  February 17, 2017

With the hectic pace of executive orders, emergency hearings, crazy Sean Spicer press conferences, and relentless protests, it can be hard to focus on work these days. If you're having trouble staying on task, you're not alone. A new survey by BetterWorks and Wakefield Research found that 29% of full-time workers report being less productive since the election and 87% read political social media posts during the work day. And employees are not just reading political stories onl Read More >

How Satisfied Are BigLaw Associates?

by Matt Moody  |  February 14, 2017

When I worked in BigLaw, it seemed no associates were truly happy. It's a stressful job, with long hours, demanding bosses, and an employment model that requires most associates to leave the firm before ever having the chance to make partner. But when we asked BigLaw associates in Vault's 2016 Associate Survey how satisfied they were with their jobs, they were a pretty happy bunch. On a scale of 1-10 (completely unsatisfied to completely satisfied), the average score was an 8.08. But this... Read More >

The Best Law Schools for BigLaw Jobs

by Matt Moody  |  February 10, 2017

Working as an associate in a BigLaw firm is the brass ring for many law school students. If that's your goal, it may seem logical to go to the highest ranked law school that accepts you. But that might not necessarily be the choice. Fortunately, Vault has conducts the largest survey of law firm associates and has collected data to help us figure out which schools are the biggest feeders to BigLaw. First, let's look at some raw numbers. There were 15,673 BigLaw associates who participated... Read More >

Lawyers are Heroes of the Trump Resistance

by Matt Moody  |  January 31, 2017

Just hours after President Trump signed his immigration executive order barring entry to nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries, lawyers got to work to fight the ban. Attorneys from the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU, and law students from Yale's Worker and Immigration Law Center worked all Friday night putting together a complaint seeking to free two Iraqi men detained at JFK airport and any other travelers so detained because of the travel ban. The complaint was filed... Read More >

Will Repealing Obamacare Bring Job Lock?

by Matt Moody  |  January 26, 2017

One of the underreported purposes, and results, of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that it freed many Americans from "job lock"-the inability or unwillingness of an employee to leave a job because doing so will result in the loss of their health care.  And freeing people from job lock is good for individual employees, good for businesses, good for entrepreneurship, and good for the economy. With the GOP fully in control of Congress and the White House, the ACA is on its deathbed. On the... Read More >

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