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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Networking, Interviewing and the Age-Old Pants Suit vs. Skirt Suit Debate

by Vault Law Editors  |  November 08, 2012

There is still time to sign up for this afternoon's Ask the Experts webcast, hosted by LexisNexis. A panel of experts-along with moderator Rachel Marx Boufford, Vault's Law Editor-will answer questions including: How do I make myself stand out from other applicants? How early in law school should I start looking for a job? How do you conduct a job search as a 3L? What questions should I ask interviewers? How do you demonstrate your "fit" with an employer? Can women wear either a... Read More >

And the Best Law Firms for Diversity Are…

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 31, 2012

On Friday, July 27, Vault hosted its Annual Diversity Awards in Washington, DC. At the awards, Vault recognized the top law firms for diversity, and for the fourth year in a row, Florida-based Carlton Fields was ranked No. 1 for Overall Diversity by associates at the firm. As with all Vault rankings, the diversity rankings reflect the insider opinions and perceptions of associates. This year, nearly 17,000 law firm associates from across the country responded to Vault's survey, and were... Read More >

Last Minute Bar Exam Dos and Don’ts

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 20, 2012

The bar exam (in many states) is next week, and if you're signed up, you're probably a bit stressed out by now. Here are some important Dos and Don'ts for the last few days leading up to the exam. Do: Spend this weekend reviewing your outlines.Don't: Overdo it at the last minute. As you've probably heard your test prep instructors say, bar study is a marathon, not a sprint. Do not try to tackle completely new subjects this weekend in an attempt to make up for missed study days. Instead,... Read More >

Which Law Firm Is the Best to Work For?

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2012

Each year, in addition to its overall prestige, regional, practice area and diversity rankings, Vault also compiles "Quality of Life" rankings. Associates are asked to rate their own law firms on a 1 to 10 scale in several categories: satisfaction, culture, hours, compensation, associate/partner relations, transparency, formal training, informal training and mentoring, pro bono, business outlook, selectivity, green initiatives and office space. In addition to individual rankings for these... Read More >

A Day in the Life: Legal Aid

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 09, 2012

Jamie Rodriguez and Zachary TusingerEqual Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal FellowsLegal Aid of Western Missouri Jamie Rodriguez and Zachary Tusinger, both originally from Joplin, Missouri, were recent graduates of Saint Louis University School of Law when, in May of 2011, one of the most destructive tornadoes in U.S. history hit their hometown. Shortly thereafter, both were awarded AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships to provide direct legal services to community members affected by the tornado.... Read More >

Is Law School a Mistake?

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 02, 2012

Last week, The Wall Street Journal published some chilling statistics about how recent law grads are faring. According to the WSJ, only 55% of the class of 2011 had full-time, long-term jobs that required a law degree nine months after graduation. And only 8% of those graduates held full-time, long-term jobs at firms with more than 250 attorneys. In response to the WSJ article, J. Maureen Henderson at Forbes came out with a piece entitled-spoiler alert-"Why Attending Law School Is the... Read More >

Vault's 2013 Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 27, 2012

For many law students-and most laterals-practice area strength is a key metric for determining which law firm will provide the best opportunities for career development. After all, it can be hard to find work you're passionate about if your firm doesn't offer the practice area that interests you. To help you hone your job search, Vault ranks law firms not only in overall prestige, but also in a variety of practice areas. In our annual survey, associates are asked to vote for up to three... Read More >

Introducing Vault’s 2013 Regional Rankings

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 27, 2012

Today, released its annual Regional Law Rankings, which reflect the prestige of firms within specific legal markets-specifically, Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, Miami, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, New York City, Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, Texas and Washington, DC. Here is a glimpse of those rankings, with a list of the top firm in each region for both this year and last year, as well as a sample of our survey respondents' views of... Read More >

The 2013 Vault Law 100 Rankings Are Here!

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 19, 2012

Drum roll, please… It's the moment you've been waiting for: the 2013 Vault Law 100 is here! This year almost 17,000 associates took our survey, and their unequivocal view is that Wachtell is still on top-for the tenth year in a row. Let's take a look at the rest of the top ten:   Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz Cravath, Swaine & Moore Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Sullivan & Cromwell Davis Polk & Wardwell Weil, Gotshal & Manges Simpson Thacher &... Read More >

Smiley Faces and Unicorns and Other Survey Outtakes

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 12, 2012

Next week, Vault will release its 2013 Law 100 Rankings. To whet your appetite for the rankings-which contain some interesting shake-ups-we've compiled some of the "outtakes" from this year's survey. The comments we get from our survey are what make the Vault Guide so widely used-law students and laterals take associates' opinions seriously. Still, when you have nearly 17,000 associates taking a survey, you're going to come across some responses that are a little… quirky. Let's take a look... Read More >

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