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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Trump’s Court-Packing Scheme

by Matt Moody  |  October 16, 2017

According to a recent report in Axios, President Trump has privately predicted that he will appoint four justices to the Supreme Court by the end of his first term. This is, obviously, pretty crazy, even with the head-start Mitch McConnell handed him by keeping the late Justice Scalia's former seat open for nearly a year, despite then-President Obam Read More >

What to Do in Law School to Actually Prepare To Be a Lawyer

by Matt Moody  |  September 26, 2017

Many legal scholars and law school professors like to say that law school is not a trade school. That is, law school may shape the way you to think about the law, but it's not really preparing you to practice. So what should prospective lawyers be doing while in law school to actually get ready to be a lawyer?  We asked lawyers working in top-ranked firms to tell us what it's like to actually work in their practice area in our Practice Perspectives Guide.  While the entire guide is an... Read More >

Can Lawyers Really Take Vacation?

by Matt Moody  |  September 12, 2017

Everyone needs a break now and then. But do attorneys actually get to take them? When you're paid by the billable hour, taking a vacation is simply cutting into the time you have to bill for the year (so in some ways, all attorney vacations are unpaid). And with worldwide, 24-hour connectivity and demanding clients/partners, no vacation is truly safe from interruption (a honeymoon was the only vacation that garnered near 100% respect at one of my old firms). On top of that, many associates... Read More >

Law Schools May Be Getting a Trump Bump

by Matt Moody  |  August 29, 2017

Trump bump. It’s fun to say. It’s fun to type. That’s probably why people have been using the phrase to describe everything from the bullish markets to the inclusion of one of Trump’s lawyer’s firms in Vault’s latest Top 100. But it seems that the decade-long slump in law school admissions may be coming to an end thanks to a “Trump bump.” (And no, it’s not just because Read More >

20 Interview Questions Top Law Firms Ask

by Matt Moody  |  August 23, 2017

It's law firm recruiting season again, law students are furiously googling to try to figure out what questions they'll be peppered with at OCI or on their callbacks. Google no more, law students, we at Vault have got your answer. In this year's survey of nearly 18,000 law firm associates we asked them what they'll be asking you! Below is a sampling of the questions associates at Vault's Top 10 law firms were either asked in their interviews, or ask law students when they are doing the... Read More >

Lessons from Trump's Legal Team

by Matt Moody  |  August 01, 2017

President Trump has hired a team of outside counsel in the last few months to represent him in connection with Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Lawyers can learn a few lessons from the attorneys' actions-both good and bad-to help them in their own legal careers. Jay Sekulow Jay Sekelow has recently been the face of President Trump's legal team. Sekulow is the Chief... Read More >

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 >

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