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Nicole Weber

Nicole is 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.

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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 >

Vault Celebrates the Top Law Firms for Pro Bono

by Nicole Weber  |  October 22, 2014

The week marks the National Pro Bono Celebration--see which law firms ranked highest for pro bono commitment in Vault's annual associate survey. 

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Egg Freezing Perk: Latest Proof That Women Can’t Have It All?

by Nicole Weber  |  October 17, 2014

The announcement this week from Apple and Facebook that they will offer egg freezing as a workplace benefit sparked a variety of mixed reactions, and understandably so. On the one hand such a move seems like major progress for workplace equality: Women can have it all, and if they are reaching a certain age and want to put pregnancy and child-rearing on hold, their employers will support them. On the other hand, how can the unveiling of these new "perks" not be interpreted as an admission... Read More >

Where the Grass is Green and Lawyers are In Demand

by Nicole Weber  |  October 09, 2014

"Too many lawyers" may ring true in the private sector, where plummeting hiring rates have left a high percentage of law grads without work. Big cities are full of JDs mired in student loan debt and unable to secure work in legal practice-which is frustratingly paradoxical, considering the high need for legal services in low income urban communities. Similarly, reports the ABA Journal, rural areas across the U.S. (many of them poor) lack access to legal services at a disproportionate rate.... Read More >

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 >

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