Vault Law Editors

Vault’s Law Blog covers news and trends relating to legal careers. Law Blog contributors offer insights on the legal industry and provide career advice for law students, attorneys and JDs.

Contributors have included:

  • Brian Dalton: Brian received a JD from Fordham Law School and a BA in History from Middlebury College. Following law school, Brian worked as an associate at a New York City law firm.
  • Vera Djordjevich: Vera is currently the Director of Research & Consulting at Vault. A former litigator, she holds degrees from New York University School of Law and Stanford University.
  • Mary Kate Sheridan: Mary Kate holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in English from Mary Washington College. Mary Kate is a writer, editor and attorney, who previously worked as a litigation associate at a large law firm.
  • Rachel Marx Boufford: Rachel is a recruiting and marketing professional and previously worked as a litigation associate at a large New York law firm.
    Rachel has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Tufts University.

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Counterpoint: You Can Do Anything With a Law Degree

by Vault Law Editors  |  November 23, 2015

Editor's note: After posting my most recent blog post You Can Do Anything With a Law Degree. Sort of. to Twitter, Anusia Gillespie (of search firm BANAVA) disagreed with my stance, arguing, inter alia, that a J.D. gets you in the door and, more importantly, once law graduates are in business "they shoot to the top." After a brief (and polite) Twitter beef, I offered Anusia an opportunity to respond in a longer format here.  This is her response. In a Twitter debate sparked by the article,... Read More >

The Golden Rules of Law Resumes

by Vault Law Editors  |  November 11, 2015

Like anyone else, law practictioners should always keep their resumes up to date.  You never know when you're going to need it.  It's easiest to update your current experience while it is still current. You should update your resume at least once a year, even if you're perfectly content in your current position.  And when you're updating, be sure to follow these three simple rules: Your resume must be clear.Studies show that regardless of how long you slave over your resume, most employers... Read More >

From Milbank to the SEC--and Back Again: A Chat with George Canellos

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 24, 2015

What's it like going from private to public law practice--and back again? Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy associate Jillian Trezza sat down with partner George Canellos, who heads the firm's Litigation group, for a chat about his career highlights, working at the SEC, and--last but not least--why he has monkeys in his office. Jillian: George, you first came to Milbank as a partner in 2003, and you're known for your work with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But your enforcement... Read More >

Vault's Top 100 Law Firms for 2016

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 24, 2015

We asked, 17,000+ attorneys answered. Here are the most prestigious firms in the U.S. 

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Vault Honors the Best Law Firms for Diversity

by Vault Law Editors  |  August 05, 2013

On Friday, August 2, Vault hosted its third Annual Diversity Awards in Washington, DC. At the awards ceremony, Vault recognized the top-ranked law firms for diversity. Once again-for the fifth straight year-Carlton Fields was ranked the No. 1 firm for Overall Diversity. The 2014 Diversity Rankings are based on the results of Vault's annual Associate Survey, in which nearly 17,000 associates took part this year. As part of the survey, law firm associates were asked to rate their employers... Read More >

Which Law Firms Offer the Best Summer Associate Programs?

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 17, 2013

Just in time for early interviews, Vault has released its third annual Law Firm Summer Associate Program Rankings. As part of our Associate Survey earlier this year, Vault asked first- through third-year associates who had worked as summer associates 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 determined which firms ranked on our Best Overall Summer Associate Programs... Read More >

Vault Announces the Best Law Firms to Work For

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 16, 2013

We recognize that prestige is just one factor among many for law students and associates searching for the right law firm. For some candidates, quality of life weighs far more heavily in their considerations than a firm's reputation in the community. That's why each year Vault compiles its "Quality of Life" rankings, in addition to its rankings of the most prestigious law firms. As part of this year's Law Firm Associate Survey, nearly 17,000 associates rated their own firms on a 1 to 10... Read More >

Vault Releases 2014 Regional Law Rankings

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2013 has just released its annual Regional Law Rankings, which reflect the prestige of firms within specific legal markets-including Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, Miami, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, New York City, Northern California, Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Washington, DC. While the Vault Law 100 provides a broad overview of the most prestigious firms nationwide, our Regional Rankings offer jobseekers a more targeted perspective on the top... Read More >

Announcing Vault's 2014 Law Firm Practice Area Rankings

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2013 has just released its annual Practice Area Rankings, which reflect the prestige of firms within specific practice areas, as determined by associates at peer firms. To help you hone your job search, Vault ranks law firms not only in overall prestige, but also in a variety of practice areas. These rankings are based on the opinions of associates who took our annual Law Firm Associate Survey earlier this year. In our survey, associates are asked to vote for up to three firms they... Read More >

Overqualified is Not Out of Luck

by Vault Law Editors  |  January 03, 2013

How Overqualified Attorneys Can Market Themselves Competitively by Diane Rifkin, Rifkin Consulting We didn't fall over the fiscal cliff, but our economy is still not on solid ground. As the economy still struggles forward, the legal community has seen some high profile law firm collapses that sent shockwaves through the industry.  The legal industry is struggling and attorneys are struggling to find their place within the industry. When the only jobs you can find are new Associate... Read More >

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