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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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And the Winner for Most Expensive Law School Is…

by Nicole Weber  |  March 04, 2015

According to the National Law Journal, Columbia tops the charts as the priciest law school in the country. Last year, tuition at the school was $60,274. Coincidentally--or not--Columbia is also #1 when it comes to percent of grads who go on to BigLaw. In 2014, 66.24% of its graduates were hired by the nation's largest 250 law firms. Columbia was NLJ's #1 "Go-To" school (aka most beloved by law firm hiring partners and recruiters) in 2013 as well. Congratulations, Columbia Law class of 2014,... Read More >

Oscar-Worthy Career Tips from the Red Carpet

by Nicole Weber  |  February 24, 2015

The 87th annual Academy Awards were full of the usual glitz and glamor, but an evening of impassioned speeches and inspiring personalities offered words of wisdom even for us laypeople watching at home. The Oscars is a night in which Hollywood celebrates itself, so sometimes it's easy to forget that behind the bright lights and spectacle are thousands of hard-working professionals.  While most of us are not on track to become Hollywood insiders, Sunday's ceremony offered some takeaways... Read More >

Does Money Buy Happiness in BigLaw?

by Nicole Weber  |  February 18, 2015

Things are looking up for the future of associate compensation following the 2014 bonus announcements, which started with Simpson Thacher raising the bar from past years and continued with most big firms following suit. (Or in the case of Davis Polk, upping Simpson's ante and setting the bar even higher). This is good news in the sense that associates can really feel rewarded for putting in 2000+ billables per year. For the first time since the recession many attorneys can make major dents... Read More >

Love and Lust in Lawyerland

by Nicole Weber  |  February 11, 2015

The highly anticipated results of Vault's Office Romance Survey are in, and as Vault's Law Editor, I couldn't wait to see what our friends in the legal profession had to say about workplace relationships. Because lawyers are SO scandalous and unpredictable. OK, I'll hold the sarcasm-because contrary to conventional wisdom it actually turns out that lawyers aren't necessarily lamer than other professionals when it comes to this topic. (Note: we only asked respondents to select their... Read More >

Your Essential Guide to BigLaw Pro Bono Work

by Nicole Weber  |  February 04, 2015

Interested in starting your career at a large law firm, but want to size up its commitment to pro bono work? Want to read about the role of BigLaw in litigating landmark civil rights cases at the Supreme Court? Curious how many hours of pro bono you and your colleagues clock in annually? You can find all this information and more in the 2015 edition of Vault's Guide to Law Firm Pro Bono Programs. The guide is based on the information collected in our 2014 Pro Bono Survey, in which... Read More >

Ivy League Lawyers: Don't Mess with Texas

by Nicole Weber  |  January 28, 2015

Following "the blizzard that wasn't," slushy streets and ice cold temperatures have New Yorkers dreaming of more pleasant climates this week. Ever think of packing your bags for good and taking your legal career somewhere warmer… say, Texas? Check out Vault's Best Law Firms in Texas, as determined by attorneys practicing in the Lone Star state who participated in our annual Law Firm Associate survey. And consider this information one attorney provided when we asked which firms in the region... Read More >

Which Law School Actually Prepares You to Practice?

by Nicole Weber  |  January 12, 2015

The vast majority of junior attorneys will agree that when they graduated from law school and began practicing, they had no idea what they were doing. Law school prepares you to take exams, fire back at Socratic-method questioning, and learn how to survive without doing 50 percent of your assigned reading. By the third year, you've pretty much mastered it-just in time for you to enter the big, bad world of legal practice and realize that in fact, law school prepared you for very little of... Read More >

Which Candidates Have the Best Job Prospects in 2015?

by Nicole Weber  |  December 18, 2014

It's hard to believe I'm saying this, but I think it's law students. More specifically: law students at the top schools who have at least decent grades and resumes. And the main reason is simply that there are fewer of them. The ABA announced this week that law school enrollment has slipped further this year, down 4.4 percent from 2013. In the fall of 2014 there were 37,924 full- and part-time 1L enrollees, compared to 39,675 in the fall of 2013. This is the lowest number of first-year... Read More >

Can You Believe This Harvard Law Grad?

by Nicole Weber  |  December 11, 2014

When I read this headline in my daily ABA Journal email newsletter ("Harvard law grad claims $4 overcharge on take-out food, seeks treble damages in emailed war of words"), I figured it was just another story about an entitled, strung out attorney who freaked out about some small occurrence in their non-legal life and sent an email that may or may not be an embarrassment to the profession. But I found myself intrigued. This Harvard law grad and Harvard Business School professor, Ben... Read More >

Law School Admissions: Buyers' Market, or Buyer Beware?

by Nicole Weber  |  December 03, 2014

Imagine receiving acceptance letters from two (or more!) prestigious law schools but with no financial award package. Tuition at each (or all of them!) is essentially equal. Let's assume you are not eligible for financial aid, but you were hoping for at least one scholarship offer, because you sure as hell don't have the resources to pay tuition. Back when I was applying to law school this scenario would have presented a simple choice:  choose the school you would prefer to attend, knowing... Read More >

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