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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All Posts by Vault Law Editors

Job Interview Dos and Don'ts

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 02, 2016

There's a ton of good advice out there about job interviews, but when push comes to shove, here are a quick 20 things you should do, and 12 things you shouldn't to make sure you nail your next interview. Do Conduct extensive research about the employer and the interviewers (if possible) before the interview. Practice your answers to difficult questions. Be prepared to describe specific examples from past work experiences, as well as what you learned from them. Dress conservatively... Read More >

Interviewees Must Ask Good Questions Too!

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 26, 2016

One of the most important questions an interviewer can ask is whether the candidate has any questions. Your answer should be an emphatic "Yes!" Being ready with good questions demonstrates your interest and insight and can increase your chances of getting an offer. This is your opportunity to not only show you are the best candidate for the job but also to determine whether this is the right career move for you. First, ask yourself Before you walk in the door for your interview, you must... Read More >

5 Questions: Gibson Dunn’s NY Litigation & Appellate Groups

by Vault Law Editors  |  March 31, 2016

Gibson Dunn associate Casey Lee caught up with several New York partners in Gibson Dunn's litigation and appellate practice groups to discuss various topics related to New York litigation.   Top row: Randy Mastro, Caitlin Halligan, Lawrence Zweifach Bottom row: Mylan Denerstein, Orin Snyder, Casey Lee What law firm qualities should law students focus on during the hiring process? Randy Mastro (Co-Chair, Litigation Practice Group): Excellence, teamwork, and collegiality. To me, the law... Read More >

Milbank First-Years Kick Off Law Careers with Pro Bono

by Vault Law Editors  |  March 18, 2016

As a new lawyer, "giving back" to a meaningful cause with pro bono can seem like something you only get to do once you've established your career (with the billable hours to prove it). One top BigLaw firm takes a different approach, sending first-years out on long-term pro bono assignments before they even get started as associates. At Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, first-year associates are invited to spend three months working at a non-profit legal services provider or advocacy... Read More >

Gibson Dunn Lawyers On Choosing Transactional Law

by Vault Law Editors  |  February 26, 2016

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher associate Saee Muzumdar caught up with corporate partners Barbara Becker, who heads the firm's M&A group, and Rashida La Lande, NY hiring partner, for a discussion about why they chose to be corporate lawyers and some of the benefits of transactional work. From Left, Saee Muzumdar, Barbara Becker, and Rashida La Lande. Saee: Law school is relatively litigation (or at least case law) focused-what drew you to transactional work? Barbara: I had tried... Read More >

A Q&A with O’Melveny’s Dedicated Career Coach

by Vault Law Editors  |  February 12, 2016

Jim Moore describes himself as a "bridge builder." As the career coach at O'Melveny-one of only a handful of large law firms to have a dedicated career coach nationwide-he acts as a sounding board, counselor, reality check, and advisor for anyone who seeks out his services.  Over the course of his five-year stint in this role, Jim has seen nearly 600 lawyers. Sometimes the lawyers just need an answer to a specific question or issue, sometimes they check in once or twice a year, and... Read More >

Law School Do-Over

by Vault Law Editors  |  January 19, 2016

Transferring to a different law school is like an intense breakup: you've committed endless hours, the 1L path has been painful and confusing, you're not sure you really want to break it off, and it's not as easy as saying goodbye. While breaking up is never easy, sometimes ditching your law school after 1L year is the best move for you. But as a transfer hopeful, you'll be applying to law school all over again, which means preparation, research, personal statements, recommendations, and... Read More >

Nine Questions Every Law Student Should Ask Themselves After Their First Year

by Vault Law Editors  |  December 16, 2015

Getting through your first year of law school is an achievement you should be proud of for the rest of your life. The good news is that it gets considerably easier from here. After your first summer-which you've hopefully spent at school, an internship, or a legal job-you will enter your second year of law school far more prepared to deal with the pressures of being a law student. You can also start making some choices that will help you prepare for a career in litigation. The first thing... Read More >

How to Ace a Behavioral Interview

by Vault Law Editors  |  December 02, 2015

Behavioral interviews are becoming increasingly popular in the legal industry. A behavioral interview seeks to discover how you handled yourself in certain situations at your previous jobs, or, if you don't have a lot of work experience, in summer jobs or in internships and other school-related activities. The logic of these interviews is that past performance predicts future performance. So, if you were a strong communicator and a good time manager, worked well with others, met deadlines,... Read More >

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 >

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