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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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This Week's Law Firms in the News - March 17, 2014

by Nicole Weber  |  March 18, 2014

Who are Vault's five favorite firms this week? 

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JD Employment Rates: The Numbers You Need to Know

by Nicole Weber  |  March 11, 2014

The deadline is soon approaching for law schools to report employment figures for the Class of 2013 to the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). In the meantime, where does the state of legal employment currently stand, according to NALP's latest statistics?* From the Class of 2012, 84.7% of students were employed nine months after graduation. This percentage includes any type of employment, not just attorney jobs. This is the lowest employment rate for law graduates in more than a... Read More >

Which Law School Do Firms Love Best?

by Nicole Weber  |  February 26, 2014

Each year, the National Law Journal publishes a list of "Go-To Law Schools," i.e., the 50 law schools that send the highest percentage of graduates into BigLaw. Columbia is this year's big winner, climbing up from the third place spot it held for the past two years. The elite New York City school sent 65 percent of 2013 graduates to NLJ 250 firms. Penn Law held the #1 spot in 2011 and 2012, but this year it bumped to fifth place (with 52.5 percent of grads heading to big firms), falling... Read More >

Check out Vault's 2014 Pro Bono Guide!

by Nicole Weber  |  February 14, 2014

The 2014 edition of the Vault Guide to Law Firm Pro Bono Programs is now available! The guide features detailed information about the pro bono work that 124 top law firms across the country have engaged in over the past few years. Law firms continue to be major providers of pro bono legal services in the current economic client, where the need for representation is high but resources are limited. Whether they are briefing landmark Supreme Court cases or appearing in local courts on behalf... Read More >

Challenge Yourself to Mindfulness at Work

by Nicole Weber  |  January 27, 2014

It's midday Monday. Your coffee buzz is either just kicking in or it's already wearing off. Your inbox is filling up faster than you can say, "Is it the weekend yet?" The to-do list you had been so intent on plowing through is now your last priority after unexpected "emergencies" have come across your desk. Never mind Friday's deadline-you won't be able to think about that until at least Wednesday. You're starving, but there's no time to figure out a healthy snack, so you'll just run to the... Read More >

Take Vault’s Office Romance Survey!

by Nicole Weber  |  January 24, 2014

As Valentine's Day approaches, are longer hours turning into late night trysts? Have you ever had an office fling? Or a crush on a co-worker? Did you meet your significant other at work? Should office romances be prohibited, or encouraged? Take five minutes to tell us your thoughts! Vault's Office Romance Survey is our most popular study, and previous installments have been featured in prominent outlets including Forbes, the Daily News, The Takeaway, Newsweek and NBC. The results of this... Read More >

Is Bigger Better? The Law Firm Dating Game Continues

by Nicole Weber  |  January 16, 2014

As we reported in November, 2013 was a record year for law firm mergers, and the final results are in. The number of mergers rose 47% since 2012, with 88 combinations announced, according to data released by the legal consulting firm Altman Weil. Most of these deals consisted of smaller firms being acquired by larger firms at least five times their size. Notably, there were no mergers among AmLaw 200 firms announced in 2013, though there were talks-and then the talks crumbled. Most recently,... Read More >

Happy Bonus Season?

by Nicole Weber  |  December 13, 2013

News on law firm bonus announcements abounds. With Cravath kicking off bonus season on Monday, December 2nd, other firms are quickly jumping on the bandwagon. Each year Cravath is the first firm to announce the amount of annual payouts, and most of its BigLaw peers follow suit. The magic dollar range this year is $10,000 (for the class of 2012, and pro-rated for the class of 2013) to $60,000 (class of 2005). Word of Cravath's announcement may have been exciting, relevant and/or... Read More >

2013: The Year of the Law Firm Merger

by Nicole Weber  |  November 26, 2013

Citing irresolvable conflicts of interests between their respective government clients, yesterday Orrick (#37 in the Vault Law 100) and Pillsbury (Vault Law #60) called off their anticipated mega-merger that would have created one of the 10 largest U.S. law firms. The commitment-phobia must have been contagious: less than 24 hours later, Dentons (Vault Law #93) and McKenna Long & Aldridge called off a tie-up that would have created one of the three biggest law firms by headcount... Read More >

The Partner Track: Dare You Proceed?

by Nicole Weber  |  November 14, 2013

The American Lawyer recently published its 2013 New Partner Survey, shedding light on how it really feels to reach the supposed Holy Grail of BigLaw. The survey gathered responses from nearly 500 attorneys at AmLaw 200 firms who joined the partnership ranks between 2010 and 2013 and asked them to rate and comment on various criteria including compensation, how well their firms prepared them to be partner, and general career satisfaction. Two-thirds of the respondents were men. Partners... Read More >

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