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Nicole Weber

Nicole is Vault’s Law Editor, and covers news and career advice relating to the legal industry on Vault’s Law Blog. Nicole has a J.D. from Georgetown Law and a B.A. from Williams College. Prior to joining Vault, she worked as an employment law associate at a large New York law firm.


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Is the Legal Profession Suffering from Brain Drain?

by Nicole Weber  |  November 12, 2014

According to the results of the latest bar exam, it is. The National Conference of Bar Examiners announced that scores from the July 2014 multistate test were down significantly from where they were a year prior. In an attempt to explain this drop, the NCBE released a memo written by its president, Erica Moeser, addressed to law school deans across the country. The memo stated that "the drop in scores that we saw this past July has been a matter of concern to us, as no doubt it has been to... Read More >

The Only Piece of Career Advice You Will Ever Need, from "Car Talk"

by Nicole Weber  |  November 05, 2014

This week people across the country were saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Magliozzi, the older brother of the dynamic "Car Talk" duo that graced the airwaves for over 30 years on NPR. The show aired live from 1977 until 2012, and NPR has broadcast repeat episodes since then. I have been a casual listener of the show ever since I can remember, and in my adult life "Car Talk" has become a staple of my Saturday morning routine. I don't even own a car, and I rarely drive, but any listener... Read More >

Will Law Firms Increase Salaries in 2015?

by Nicole Weber  |  October 30, 2014

Earlier this month NALP released the results of its 2014 Associate Salary Survey which, to nobody's surprise whatsoever, showed that BigLaw associate starting salaries are not going up anytime soon. In fact, associates starting at large firms in 2014 are less likely to be making $160,000 than associates in the class of 2013. The $160K amount represented only 27 percent of first-year salaries reported by large firms in 2014; whereas in 2009, two-thirds of first-year salaries were at that... Read More >

Vault Celebrates the Top Law Firms for Pro Bono

by Nicole Weber  |  October 22, 2014

The week marks the National Pro Bono Celebration--see which law firms ranked highest for pro bono commitment in Vault's annual associate survey. 

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Egg Freezing Perk: Latest Proof That Women Can’t Have It All?

by Nicole Weber  |  October 17, 2014

The announcement this week from Apple and Facebook that they will offer egg freezing as a workplace benefit sparked a variety of mixed reactions, and understandably so. On the one hand such a move seems like major progress for workplace equality: Women can have it all, and if they are reaching a certain age and want to put pregnancy and child-rearing on hold, their employers will support them. On the other hand, how can the unveiling of these new "perks" not be interpreted as an admission... Read More >

Where the Grass is Green and Lawyers are In Demand

by Nicole Weber  |  October 09, 2014

"Too many lawyers" may ring true in the private sector, where plummeting hiring rates have left a high percentage of law grads without work. Big cities are full of JDs mired in student loan debt and unable to secure work in legal practice-which is frustratingly paradoxical, considering the high need for legal services in low income urban communities. Similarly, reports the ABA Journal, rural areas across the U.S. (many of them poor) lack access to legal services at a disproportionate rate.... Read More >

Which Lawyer Training Model is Right for You?

by Nicole Weber  |  September 24, 2014

It's about that time of year when top candidates are sitting on multiple offers for summer associate positions, agonizing over which firm to choose. A firm can have the most high-profile group in your chosen practice area, or it may give the best bonuses, or it may be known for having a really "laid-back" or "fun" culture. None of that matters at the end of the day if new associates aren't learning how to practice law. All junior attorneys will inevitably "learn by doing" to a large extent,... Read More >

Can You Do Anything with a Law Degree? DC Lawyers Say Yes

by Nicole Weber  |  September 18, 2014

When I lived in Washington, DC, I regularly frequented the delicious bakery CakeLove to buy cupcakes for friends' birthdays, or just to snag a few fresh-baked morsels from the free sample plate.  According to CakeLove's website, its founder Warren Brown "left a career practicing law to pursue his passion for baking." That was nearly 15 years ago, and today the DC food scene is full of ex-attorneys, reports The Washington Post. In DC you can find cake companies, an ice cream shop, wine bars... Read More >

No Boys Allowed: Is an All-Female Ride-Sharing Service Illegal?

by Nicole Weber  |  September 10, 2014

When I heard about the new ride-share app that allows female riders to request female drivers, I thought "it's about time." SheTaxis, or SheRides as it will be called in New York City due to city regulations, is aimed at female passengers who would feel more comfortable with a woman behind the wheel, and/or who would prefer not to hop in a car with a male stranger. Any woman who has taken a cab alone can understand why this is a great idea. Sketchy drivers asking about your relationship... Read More >

1L Fall: Five Things I Wish I Had Known

by Nicole Weber  |  August 27, 2014

Law schools around the country are welcoming their new recruits this week, and I can't decide if memories of the beginning of 1L year fill me with dread (i.e., thank goodness I never have to do that again) or nostalgia (there were so many possibilities! we were so young and innocent!). I experienced so many mixed feelings during that time, and a dominant one shared by me and my classmates was a constant sense of inadequacy. Which is totally normal, and possibly a motivator for some people,... Read More >

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