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:

  • Matt Moody: Matt is the current Law Editor at Vault. Prior to joining Vault, Matt worked as a litigator at two Vault 100 law firms. Matt has a JD from Georgetown Law and a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida.
  • 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.
  • Nicole Weber: Nicole is a legal recruiting professional and previously worked as an associate at a large New York firm. Nicole has a JD from Georgetown Law and a BA from Williams College.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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What Is It Like To Be an M&A Attorney?

by Vault Law Editors  |  February 15, 2019

An M&A attorney must be highly organized and prepared to put on many hats as they facilitate deals. Among the areas in which M&A attorney may be involved are due diligence, negotiations, corporate governance, drafting of contracts and other documents, financing, and much more. So what's it really like to practice M&A? In Vault's 2018 Practice Perspectives: Vault's Guide to Legal Practice Areas, four BigLaw partners share their experiences working in M&A. Belo Read More >

A Day in the Life: Public Defender

by Vault Law Editors  |  February 06, 2019

A Day in the Life: Third-year attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. 8:45 a.m.: I arrive at the office, check my schedule and my messages, and then walk to court. 9:15 a.m.: I jump from hearing to hearing. At the local criminal courthouse, I usually have at least two or three hearings for various cases, in different rooms, loosely scheduled at the same time. (Unlike some assistant district attorneys, you are not assigned solely to one... Read More >

20 Interview Questions from Top-Ranked Summer Firms

by Vault Law Editors  |  December 26, 2018

Whether you are a 1L in the thick of your summer job search or a 2L starting to think about bidding on OCI interviews for the upcoming summer, preparing for law firm interviews can be daunting. Practicing answers to mock interview questions is one of the best ways to prepare for summer associate interviews. If you've never experienced a legal interview, however, you may not know what kinds of questions to expect. As part of our Annual Associate Survey, we inquired about the types of... Read More >

A Day in the Life: Assistant District Attorney

by Vault Law Editors  |  December 05, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a prosecutor? Read on for a glimpse into one district attorney's day. 9:00 a.m.: Arrive at office, check emails, and get files and paperwork for court. 10:00 a.m.: Arrive at court for multiple issues, including an arraignment for a burglary case and hearings for drug possession cases, a money laundering case, and an attempted murder case. Speak with court clerks while clients arrive and judge hears various issues. 12:15 p.m.: Meet opposing... Read More >

Vault's 2019 Midsize Law Firm Rankings Are Here

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 18, 2018

Vault has released its ranking of the 20 Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For and Lightfoot, Franklin & White tops the list  again after, besting two-time champion Nutter, McClennen & Fish last year. Lightfoot earned the ranking through high ratings in Vault's numerous Midsize Quality of Life categories, including ranking as the top firm in Satisf Read More >

2019 Best Law Firms to Work For

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 27, 2018

Vault has released its 2019 Quality of Life rankings, and O'Melveny & Myers is rated the Best Law Firm to Work For. After dropping from No. 1 in 2017 to No. 3 in 2018, O'Melveny came back strong this year to reclaim the top spot, scoring .373 points ahead of Fried, Fra Read More >

Vault's Top 100 Law Firms For 2019

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 20, 2018

Vault's Law 100 ranking for 2019 is here, and Cravath has clinched the No. 1 spot for the third year in a row, making it the most prestigious law firm. Cravath outranked the No. 2 firm-Wachtell Lipton-by .322 points, up from last year's lead of .268 points. The Top 10 Mo Read More >

21 Questions to Ask During a Legal Job Interview

by Vault Law Editors  |  March 13, 2018

Landing an interview, dressing to impress, and confidently answering interview questions are only part of the equation of a successful interview. It's important that candidates show an interest in the law firm or organization and treat the interview like a conversation. One of the best ways to do this is by asking thoughtful questions--not just questions whose answers readily appear on the firm's or organization's website. To help jumpstart the process, below find 21 interview questions to... Read More >

How to Answer "Gotcha" Questions in a Legal Job Interview

by Vault Law Editors  |  November 06, 2017

"Why should we hire you?" "How are you doing academically?" "What are your greatest weaknesses?" These gotcha-type questions are famous for stopping some job interviewees dead in their tracks, their mouths agape and minds furiously brainstorming a good answer. Provide a good answer, and your chances of landing the job increase. Give a poor answer…well, it's back to the job search. The key to acing gotcha questions is preparation. You should think about the types of gotcha questions that... Read More >

How Google's Blind Lawyer Works

by Vault Law Editors  |  September 22, 2017

Being a lawyer isn't easy, even without a disability. Jack Chen has managed to succeed in a tough career-one built around the written word-without being able to see anything. Jack is a totally blind in-house lawyer for Google, and though he doesn't fight crime ala the blind lawyer in Marvel's Daredevil, he does have a superpower. In this Blomberg Law video about Jack's workday, he demonstrates how he reads documents--by using a text-to-speech program that is set so fast no normal human... Read More >

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