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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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Best Law Firms by Practice and Region

by Nicole Weber  |  June 25, 2014

Fresh off the release of the Top 100 law firm list last week, today Vault released its practice area and regional law firm rankings for 2015. While the Vault Law 100 ranks firms based on overall nationwide prestige, the rankings released today inform job-seekers about the best firms within each specialty and in different locations throughout the U.S. Like the Vault Law 100, the practice area and regional rankings are based on the opinions of associates who took our annual Law Firm Associate... Read More >

The 2015 Vault Law 100 Rankings Are Here!

by Nicole Weber  |  June 18, 2014

Wachtell wins again. For the twelfth consecutive year, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has taken the top spot in the latest edition of the Vault Law 100 Rankings for 2015, but not without a little competition from the former front-runner. Earlier this year, we surveyed nearly 17,000 law firm associates and asked them to rate law firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige. Associates were not allowed to rate their own firms and were asked to only rate firms with which they were... Read More >

Check out Vault's Guide to Legal Practice Areas!

by Nicole Weber  |  May 28, 2014

What does a day in the life of a bankruptcy lawyer look like? What classes should an aspiring real estate attorney take? 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 >

Do T14 Law Schools Produce Better Associates?

by Nicole Weber  |  May 16, 2014

Not necessarily, according to associates who took Vault's annual law firm associate survey. Vault administered the survey earlier this year, and we are working hard to analyze responses from thousands of associates at over 120 firms to generate our 2015 rankings, to be released next month. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of some of the gems we have collected from lawyers around the country about what it's really like to work in BigLaw. In the first installment of our "Survey Outtakes"... Read More >

Which State Has the Most Working Moms?

by Nicole Weber  |  May 09, 2014

According to a new study released by, it's South Dakota, where 79.9 percent of mothers work outside the home according to the latest Census figures. And it's been that way for the past 30 years. But in 1930 South Dakota had the lowest number of working moms per capita. What accounts for the change? Today, South Dakota actually has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. According to an historian interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, contributing factors... Read More >

Who's Burning the Midnight Oil for Pfizer?

by Nicole Weber  |  May 01, 2014

Following last week's flurry of pharma deal activity, on Monday Pfizer announced its intention to acquire British drug maker and serious competitor AstraZeneca. The potential $100 billion dollar acquisition would be one of the largest pharma deals in history, topping Pfizer's $90 billion purchase of Warner-Lambert in 2000. Among other reasons (such as the tax benefits of doing business outside the U.S.) AstraZeneca's vast portfolio of cancer drugs makes it an attractive purchase. And who of... Read More >

Which Lawyers Are Lining Up for Botox?

by Nicole Weber  |  April 24, 2014

OK, maybe not in the literal sense, but if you are an aspiring attorney interested in getting a piece of the pharma pie you can start salivating now. On Tuesday drug companies announced deals potentially worth a total of $74 billion, and the top law firms are all over that. Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a Canadian company, announced a $46 billion hostile bid for Botox-maker Allergan. The deal is backed by Valeant shareholder Pershing Square Capital Management, a private equity firm. The American... Read More >

Law Profs: Two-Year J.D. is a Terrible Idea

by Nicole Weber  |  April 18, 2014

Two acclaimed law professors have made their case against the two-year law degree while attempting to quell fears that legal education is in crisis. With all the negative talk about dropping law school enrollment and in-debt, unemployed law grads, it's refreshing to hear a different perspective. Erwin Chemerinsky, dean and professor at UC Irvine School of Law and Carrie Menkel-Meadow, professor and UC Irvine School of Law and Georgetown Law, argue in their recent NYT Op-Ed that the "crisis... Read More >

Which Law Grads Have the Best Shot at Reducing Debt?

by Nicole Weber  |  April 07, 2014

U.S. News & World Report is just overflowing with law school data these days, just as Vault will be in a couple months with the release of our law firm rankings! The latest from U.S. News is a list of law schools with the highest salary-to-debt ratios. In other words, which law grads have the best chance of reducing their loan burden? The ratios were calculated by comparing median private sector salaries of 2012 grads to average debt among 2013 grads. The schools with the top five... Read More >

No Straight A's? No Worries

by Nicole Weber  |  April 01, 2014

In order to create the next generation of "deeper, fuller human beings," NYT columnist David Brooks has some tips for employers. Hiring managers, Brooks argues, have the power to break the mold when it comes to candidate selection, thereby shaping the quality of the rising ranks of professional leaders. I am tempted to say "don't try this at home" because until recruiters actually start following these practices, rewriting your cover letters into a stream-of-consciousness rant is probably... Read More >

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