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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Vault's 2018 Midsize Law Firm Rankings Are Here

by Matt Moody  |  July 18, 2017

Vault has released its ranking of the 20 Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For and Lightfoot, Franklin & White tops the list this year, besting two-time champion Nutter, McClennen & Fish, which fell to fourth place this year. Lightfoot earned the ranking through high ratings in Vault's numerous Midsize Quality of Life categories, including ranking Read More >

2018 Best Law Firms to Work For

by Matt Moody  |  June 27, 2017

Vault's 2018 Quality of Life rankings are here, and there's a new Best Law Firm to Work For, as Paul Hastings reclaims the top spot it lost to O'Melveny & Myers last year. Paul Hastings earned its top ranking in part by topping three Quality of Life categories-Satisfaction, Associate/ Read More >

Vault's Top 100 Law Firms For 2018

by Matt Moody  |  June 21, 2017

Vault's Law 100 Rankings for 2018 are here, and the #1 firm is now a back-to-back champion. Cravath, Swaine & Moore is once again the most prestigious firm after ending Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz's thirteen-year reign in last year's ranking. And Cravath widened its the lead over Wachtell Lipton this year from .057 points to .268 points. The Top 10 Most Prestigious Read More >

This Supreme Court Litigator/Novelist Has Killer Time Management Skills

by Matt Moody  |  April 25, 2017

Anthony Franze is an appellate litigation counsel at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer who has won five Supreme Court merits cases since 2011 and somehow finds time to write thrillers on the side. His latest, The Outsider, stars a SCOTUS clerk (natch) who stumbles upon a complicated revenge plot that centers on famous Supreme Court cases and may or may not involve several justices. I interviewed Anthony on his time management skills and his latest novel.Read More >

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 >

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