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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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Announcing Vault's 2016 Law Firm Diversity Rankings

by Nicole Weber  |  July 21, 2015

Vault has released its Law Firm Diversity Rankings for 2016, and Carlton Fields Jorden Burt tops the list once again after briefly ceding the Best Law Firm for Diversity accolade to Ropes & Gray last year. In fact, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt has claimed the No. 1 spot in all of the diversity ranking categories except for one-Diversity for Military Veterans-in which Paul Hastings is the winner. The rankings are based on the results of Vault's annual survey, administered earlier this... Read More >

Which Law Firm Has the Happiest Associates?

by Nicole Weber  |  July 15, 2015

For the third year in a row, Paul Hastings has been named Vault's Best Law Firm to Work For, a title earned through high ratings in Vault's numerous Quality of Life rankings including Satisfaction, Firm Culture and Compensation. The competition is serious, however-Ropes & Gray is putting up a strong fight to reclaim the No. 1 spot. Ropes topped the Best to Work For list in 2011 and has been No. 2 since then, trailing Paul Hastings by just 0.12 points this year (compared to 0.13 points... Read More >

Vault's Top Law Firms By Practice Area and Region

by Nicole Weber  |  July 08, 2015

With on-campus interviews fast approaching, law students are inundated with decisions. How to sort through the long list of law firms that hire summer associates and figure out where to submit your resume? Look no further. Following the release of the Top 100 law firm list earlier this month, today Vault released its practice area and regional law firm rankings for 2016. While the Vault Law 100 ranks firms based on overall nationwide prestige, the rankings released today inform job-seekers... Read More >

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 >

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