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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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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 >

The One Case BigLaw Firms Won’t Take

by Nicole Weber  |  April 15, 2015

The country's largest and most prestigious firms can be found on all sides of lawsuits dealing with controversial issues. More often than not, they are thought of as forever representing "the bad guys" when they are stuck in a jam (tobacco companies and pharma companies fending off products liability claims, corrupt CEOs and government officials, the big banks fighting accusations of causing the Great Recession, you name it). On the flip side, there are the volumes of social and political... Read More >

Law School Class of 2010 is Still Screwed

by Nicole Weber  |  April 08, 2015

It's hard for me to believe I graduated from law school almost five years ago. In a sense, the time has flown; aside from some musculoskeletal complaints and a few new wrinkles (I did work in BigLaw for a time, after all), I don't really feel much older. But 2010 was far enough in the distant past, apparently, that it warrants a case study of us graduates to test the strength of the legal job market. The study, authored by Ohio State University law professor Deborah Jones Merritt, and... Read More >

Which Law Firm Has the Most Alums at Apple?

by Nicole Weber  |  April 01, 2015

According to an analysis conducted by The Recorder, Morrison & Foerster appears to be somewhat of a feeder firm to one of the hottest in-house gigs in town-Apple Inc.'s legal department. There are nine MoFo alums working in the general counsel's office at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, CA, which is the highest number of alums from any law firm. Ties run deep between the two companies; MoFo has handled Apple's highest profile patent and other intellectual property matters for... Read More >

Announcing Vault's Top 150 Under 150

by Nicole Weber  |  March 24, 2015

Vault is excited to release a new list highlighting the best small and midsized firms with 150 or fewer attorneys-Vault's Top 150 Under 150! As a counterpart to the highly respected and widely utilized Vault Law 100, which primarily showcases the largest law firms in the country, we developed the Top 150 Under 150 as a resource for students and lateral candidates seeking an experience outside of BigLaw. Firms included on Vault's Top 150 Under 150 list provide associates with the... Read More >

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