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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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 >

Which Law School Grads Have the Most Debt?

by Vault Law Editors  |  March 22, 2017

While law school can be a good investment for some, if you don't land a high-paying job at a BigLaw firm, it could leave you in soul-crushing and life-altering debt. U.S. News & World Report recently released a list of schools that prospective law students may want to avoid--those schools whose graduates leave with the most paralyzing debt. Below are the top ten law schools with the highest average law school debt for their 2016 law graduates: Read More >

Questions to Ask in A Law Firm Interview

by Vault Law Editors  |  December 07, 2016

Perhaps the most dreaded question in any job interview is the one that turns the tables, "Do you have any questions for me?" While it is a time to learn more about the firm to help you make a more informed decision, it is simultaneously an opportunity to set yourself apart by asking insightful questions of your interviewer. Here are three questions that you can ask that will accomplish both goals. How is work assigned to associates? Every firm doles out work in a slightly different... Read More >

Exactly What Does a Corporate Lawyer Do?

by Vault Law Editors  |  October 11, 2016

If you watch too much television, you might believe that lawyers negotiate deals one day and head to the courtroom for high-profile litigation the next. This is highly unusual in the real practice of law. While both litigators and corporate lawyers deal with corporations, they do so in very different ways. One of the basic divisions in the practice of law is between litigation and corporate, or transactional, law, and almost every attorney will decide between these two areas either while... Read More >

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