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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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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 >

Be Thankful: BigLaw Bonuses to Increase for 2014

by Nicole Weber  |  November 24, 2014

Updated 11/26/14: Cravath has announced and will match the increased amount first announced by Simpson Thacher. Other firms have been quick to follow suit. Happy bonus season and Thanksgiving to all! On Friday there was welcome news on the BigLaw compensation front: firms are going rogue this year with bonus announcements, in a good way. This is the pay boost that attorneys have been waiting for since the post-recession recovery. Simpson Thacher started the trend with a surprise... Read More >

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 >

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