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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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Which Lawyer Training Model is Right for You?

by Nicole Weber  |  September 24, 2014

It's about that time of year when top candidates are sitting on multiple offers for summer associate positions, agonizing over which firm to choose. A firm can have the most high-profile group in your chosen practice area, or it may give the best bonuses, or it may be known for having a really "laid-back" or "fun" culture. None of that matters at the end of the day if new associates aren't learning how to practice law. All junior attorneys will inevitably "learn by doing" to a large extent,... Read More >

Can You Do Anything with a Law Degree? DC Lawyers Say Yes

by Nicole Weber  |  September 18, 2014

When I lived in Washington, DC, I regularly frequented the delicious bakery CakeLove to buy cupcakes for friends' birthdays, or just to snag a few fresh-baked morsels from the free sample plate.  According to CakeLove's website, its founder Warren Brown "left a career practicing law to pursue his passion for baking." That was nearly 15 years ago, and today the DC food scene is full of ex-attorneys, reports The Washington Post. In DC you can find cake companies, an ice cream shop, wine bars... Read More >

No Boys Allowed: Is an All-Female Ride-Sharing Service Illegal?

by Nicole Weber  |  September 10, 2014

When I heard about the new ride-share app that allows female riders to request female drivers, I thought "it's about time." SheTaxis, or SheRides as it will be called in New York City due to city regulations, is aimed at female passengers who would feel more comfortable with a woman behind the wheel, and/or who would prefer not to hop in a car with a male stranger. Any woman who has taken a cab alone can understand why this is a great idea. Sketchy drivers asking about your relationship... Read More >

1L Fall: Five Things I Wish I Had Known

by Nicole Weber  |  August 27, 2014

Law schools around the country are welcoming their new recruits this week, and I can't decide if memories of the beginning of 1L year fill me with dread (i.e., thank goodness I never have to do that again) or nostalgia (there were so many possibilities! we were so young and innocent!). I experienced so many mixed feelings during that time, and a dominant one shared by me and my classmates was a constant sense of inadequacy. Which is totally normal, and possibly a motivator for some people,... Read More >

Use Those Vacation Days!

by Nicole Weber  |  August 14, 2014

The last two weeks of August are upon us. Still not sure if you will take vacation? Thinking you might just take a long weekend instead of a full week off, because there's just too much to do? Or are you thinking, it's a slow time at the office, may as well stick around and be productive while things are quiet? Think again. Neuroscientist, musician, professor and best-selling author Daniel J. Levitin's new book addresses the importance of giving your brain a real rest from work in order to... Read More >

Is Harvard Worth It?

by Nicole Weber  |  August 06, 2014

It may seem like an alternate universe in which a list of the nation's top colleges does not include Harvard in its top five, and the top two-Babson College and Webb Institute-are ones you may have never heard of. This is what Money magazine's best colleges list looks like, and the reason it is so different from traditional college rankings is the emphasis it places on tuition costs as compared to post-college earnings. In other words, what is the value of a diploma from a given school,... Read More >

A Law Grad's Worst Nightmare Come True

by Nicole Weber  |  July 31, 2014

Day 1 of the bar exam is finally over. After saving the document containing all of your answers to the essay portion of the test, you sigh with relief as you pack up and head home to upload your answers online. But it's not over yet: Day 2 of the exam, the multiple-choice, multi-state portion of the test, starts the next morning. You are ready to crash from exhaustion, but like most law students you are paranoid enough that you just might study some flashcards over dinner tonight to get... Read More >

What Does the Declining Law School Application Rate Mean for You?

by Nicole Weber  |  July 23, 2014

The declining law school application rate did not get any better this year, according to The National Law Journal, which reported that applications are down 37 percent since 2010. The decline between this year and last was eight percent, following double-digit declines in the prior two years. The NLJ quotes University of North Carolina School of Law professor Alfred Brophy as estimating that this year's entering class will be at 38,000, the lowest since 1974. That's compared to the 52,488... Read More >

Announcing the Best Law Firms for Diversity

by Nicole Weber  |  July 15, 2014

Today, Vault released its Law Firm Diversity Rankings for 2015 with a brand new No. 1 firm for Best Overall Diversity and new firms landing atop each individual diversity category. A firm's commitment to diversity directly impacts employee satisfaction, but also the bottom line. Maintaining a diverse workforce is essential to meeting the changing and wide-ranging needs of clients, and clients recognize this fact-they want to work with diverse teams of attorneys who will bring a variety of... Read More >

Vault's Best Summer Associate Programs for 2015

by Nicole Weber  |  July 10, 2014

When it comes to finding a career in the legal industry, one of the most important decisions prospective lawyers can make is choosing the right summer associate program. In our annual associate survey, in which nearly 17,000 law firm associates participated, we asked first- through third-year associates who had summered at their current firms to rate the program both in terms of how well it prepared them for full-time practice and how much fun they had. The average of these two scores... Read More >

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