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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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Not Sorry: The New Women's Mantra

by Nicole Weber  |  July 01, 2015

To apologize, or not to apologize? That is the question that has been running through my mind multiple times a day since I read Sloane Crosley's astute, refreshingly unapologetic op-ed in last week's NY Times. I have been aware of the female tendency to say "sorry" at every turn for several years now, after attending an eye-opening professional development seminar as a law firm associate. Since then I have tried to be mindful about avoiding the S-word in the workplace unless it is truly... Read More >

BigLaw Bonuses: An Excuse to Keep Salaries Flat?

by Nicole Weber  |  June 17, 2015

Law firms may have been much more generous with associate bonuses for 2014 than in recent years. But is increased discretionary compensation just a way to avoid raising base salaries, which have been the same for 8 years? If you ask the more cynical law firm associates, that is certainly the case. Especially if they live in NYC. Here's what one associate told us: "The higher bonuses this year were wonderful. I'm very pleased that our firm and its peers are rewarding their associates' hard... Read More >

Why ‘Cultural Fit’ Hiring Is Detrimental to Law Firm Diversity

by Nicole Weber  |  June 08, 2015

Last week my colleague Derek Loosvelt aptly discussed the dangers of "cultural fit" hiring, drawing on some examples from Vault's surveys of banking and consulting professionals as they relate to Lauren Rivera's opinion piece in last week's NY Times. When I read Rivera's article, based on the findings of her extensive research on the hiring practices of banks, consulting firms and law firms, I was struck by how alive her conclusions were in the words of the associates who took Vault's law... Read More >

The Essential Guide to Legal Practice Areas

by Nicole Weber  |  June 03, 2015

What does a day in the life of an M&A lawyer look like? What classes should an aspiring bankruptcy attorney enroll in? What does "clean tech" law really mean? Unfortunately, a traditional law school curriculum doesn't do much to help students figure out what it's really like to practice in different areas of the law. That's where Practice Perspectives: Vault's Guide to Legal Practice Areas comes in, offering budding lawyers insight into the myriad of choices they face as their careers... Read More >

10 Tips for Choosing a Law Firm

by Nicole Weber  |  May 27, 2015

June is almost here, which means we are just a few weeks away from the release of the Vault Law 100 and Vault's other law firm rankings for 2016--stay tuned! It also means that summer associate programs at law firms are well underway, and rising 3Ls are getting a taste of what it's like to be a corporate attorney in the major leagues. Rising 2Ls, if they are not among the elite group of 1L summer associates, are diligently plugging away at their government or public interest internships.... Read More >

We Have a Verdict: Poor Lawyers are Happier

by Nicole Weber  |  May 20, 2015

The streets of New York City are filled this week with men and women in caps and gowns, ready to receive their diplomas and perhaps ambivalent about plunging head-first into the real world. Graduation speakers around the country are giving the usual speech accented with their own personal flourishes: do what you love. The last such speech I heard in person was at Wharton's MBA graduation in May 2012. Dr. Oz was the speaker. Say about him what you may, but his words about seeking fulfillment... Read More >

Who Will Play Ruth Bader Ginsburg On Screen?

by Nicole Weber  |  May 13, 2015

It's about time there was a blockbuster film about the Notorious RBG! The movie, On the Basis of Sex, will document the experiences of all-star Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her decades-long fight for equal rights. Justice Ginsburg was the second woman and the first Jewish female appointed to the Supreme Court. The film will focus on her incredible career, including her work as co-founder of the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU. When I think of actresses best-suited to... Read More >

Are Moms at the Top Law Firms Happy?

by Nicole Weber  |  May 06, 2015

What better time than Mother's Day to tip our hats to working moms in one of the most demanding jobs around? This year over 17,000 lawyers participated in Vault's Law Firm Associate Survey and told us what it's really like to work in BigLaw. The full rankings and law firm profiles, complete with comments submitted by attorneys on all aspects of firm life, will be released next month. In the meantime, we on the editorial team have been immersing ourselves in the survey data. While it's... Read More >

Is the Legal Job Market Improving?

by Nicole Weber  |  April 27, 2015

Among the many informative sessions at last week's NALP Annual Conference was a Q&A with members of the American Bar Association, in which the ABA gave a sneak peek at the most recent law school employment statistics. How has the law school class of 2014 fared since graduating? The short answer: A little better than their predecessors, but mostly because the number of law school grads shrank from the previous year. Here's a quick and dirty look at the numbers: The Class of 2014 had... Read More >

11 Networking Rules to Live By

by Nicole Weber  |  April 22, 2015

Hundreds of legal career professionals have descended on Chicago for the annual NALP Conference, and the Vault team is here along with them. In addition to attending a myriad of informative panel discussions and workshops, we are networking our tails off. It's a lot of fun to catch up with our contacts at law firms, law schools, legal search firms and other conference attendees. Whether you are attending a conference, embarking on a job search or getting ready for your summer associate gig,... Read More >

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