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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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 >

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 >

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