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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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 >

5 Tough Interview Questions And How Law Students Should Answer Them

by Vault Law Editors  |  September 28, 2016

"Why should we hire you?" "How are you doing academically?" "What are your greatest weaknesses?" These 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 difficult questions is preparation. You should think about the types of questions that you'll be asked... Read More >

How to Work with a Legal Recruiter

by Vault Law Editors  |  August 29, 2016

Legal Recruiters can be a great asset during your job search, but remember they work for the hiring company, not for you. There are two types of recruiters. Contingency recruiters are paid by the company only if the candidate they recommend is hired. Retained recruiters are paid whether the candidate is hired or not. There are many excellent legal recruiters who will go the extra mile to help you land a job. On the other hand, some recruiters exaggerate their placement records and don't... Read More >

Job Interviewing for New Attorneys

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 18, 2016

As a new attorney, you've spent the past few years demonstrating what you know. From your first class on procedure to the grueling demands of the bar exam, you've become an expert at proving that you know the law. But now, you've landed that coveted interview spot and whether you realize it or not the rules have changed.  The truth is, every one of your competitors for the job also knows the law. Each of you had a résumé that proves you know your stuff. You all look good on paper. So how... Read More >

Clients, Culture, and a Commitment to Community?

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 08, 2016

You will be looking at many factors when researching law firms, including top notch legal work and clients. But if you are interested in also finding a firm that shares your vision of having a positive impact on the world and our communities, it is important for you to ask questions to help you find the right place for you. We asked David Lash, O'Melveny's Managing Counsel for Pro Bono, and Rochelle Karr, O'Melveny's Director of Read More >

Meet the BigLaw Firm That's Devoted to Associate Development

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 06, 2016

Willkie is committed to transparency and associate development. The firm strives to equip all Willkie associates with the right tools to develop their skills and practices and to achieve professional success-either by progressing through the ranks to partnership, or by harnessing the firm's resources to transition to a different employer, role or industry. Everyone from the firm's Chairmen to its practice leaders conveys this message. An unconventional message for a large law firm, this... Read More >

Ten Steps to Effective Informational Interviewing

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 23, 2016

By Mike Gotham, Perkins Coie, Director of Recruiting & Retention, and Shelley Levine, Perkins Coie, Attorney Recruiting Manager  If hearing the word "networking" makes you uneasy, then the idea of an informational interview may cause you serious discomfort. Many people shy away from informational interviews, which is unfortunate: studies show that informational inter Read More >

13 Tips to Make the Most of Your Summer BigLaw Internship

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 09, 2016

"What can I do to make sure I get a job offer at the end of the summer?" As the co-head of hiring for Dechert's New York office and in my past roles on the hiring committees of two other international firms, I have been asked this question by law school students a lot. And while I always give the best answer that I can, the question I think incoming summer associates should really be asking (and which I have yet to hear) is how they can make the most of their summer BigLaw internships.... Read More >

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 >

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