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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The Downfall of Dewey & LeBoeuf: Blame it on the (Lack of) Transparency?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 21, 2012

Last week, we took a look back at the five-year history of Dewey & LeBoeuf, the once behemoth law firm which now teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. While not the first law firm to fail-Heller Ehrman, Thelen, and most recently Howrey have also folded over the past four years-Dewey's dissolution will be the largest in law firm history. How did such a large organization fail beyond repair? Most observers agree that the firm was severely mismanaged. But on top of that, Dewey suffered from a... Read More >

The Downfall of Dewey & LeBoeuf: An Abridged Guide

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 17, 2012

For the past two months, the media coverage of law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf's collapse has been near constant. With everyone from Above the Law to the New York Times getting in on the story-and  a Dewey Departure Tracker provided by AmLaw Daily-lawyers, law students and laymen alike have been on the edge of their seats watching the disaster unfold. The Times began its coverage of the Dewey defections in March, but trouble was brewing much earlier than that. Let's take a look back at how... Read More >

Summer Associates: Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 10, 2012

Final exams are wrapping up, and it's time to get ready for a twelve-week long interview-also known as the summer associate program. Being a summer associate is certainly fun-get ready for delicious meals and enough activities to rival any sleepaway camp. But unless you've worked at a law firm before, you're also likely to run into lots of new situations where the appropriate behavior might not be clear. Want to test your summer associate IQ? See if you can answer the following... Read More >

What’s the Buzz on This Year’s Top Ten Law Firms?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 08, 2012

It's almost that time of year again-next month, Vault will release its rankings for the Top 100 law firms of 2013. Each year, we ask our respondents to share their opinions about firms other than their own; we call this "the Buzz." In our firm profiles, we select quotes which are both fair (i.e., representative of the most common respondent opinions) and balanced (usually, this means two positive and two negative quotes).  For your amusement, here's a look at some of the current Buzz on... Read More >

Pro Bono Work Now Mandatory for Bar Admission in New York

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 02, 2012

Yesterday, New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that lawyers seeking admission to the state bar will be required to perform 50 hours of pro bono work before being licensed to practice. The move-which will make New York the first state to implement this type of requirement on lawyers before they are licensed-was made in an attempt to increase free legal services to those in need, especially in cases involving foreclosures, unemployment insurance, health care, and domestic... Read More >

Register Now for the Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair!

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 17, 2012

Registration is now open for the seventh annual Legal Diversity Career Fair, sponsored by Vault and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). The Fair, which will be held on Friday, July 27, 2012, in Washington, DC, is an opportunity for law students and attorneys from underrepresented groups to meet and network with recruiters from law firms, government agencies, corporate law departments and nonprofit organizations that are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal... Read More >

Networking in Six Minutes or Less

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 10, 2012

Last week, more than 100 attorneys and other legal professionals congregated at the New York City Bar Association for its first Speed Networking event. Much like speed dating, speed networking matches participants with the types of individuals they most want to meet based on profiles filled out before the event, and then gives them six minutes to make connections that will hopefully last much longer. Dave Delinko of Speednetworking.com was on hand as the evening's emcee, announcing when... Read More >

The Art of the Informational Interview

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 06, 2012

Last week, we looked at the many networking opportunities available to law students and lawyers, including formal events, social networking sites, and volunteer organizations. But once you've expanded your network of contacts, how do you take the next step of putting those new relationships to use? Step one: Just ask. It can be daunting to get in touch with an accomplished practitioner, but keep in mind that successful attorneys are accustomed to receiving networking emails and are often... Read More >

Networking to Get—and Keep—Your Law Firm Job

by Vault Law Editors  |  March 29, 2012

The number one way to land a legal job-or any job, for that matter-is through networking. Whether you're on the hunt for your first position or looking to make a lateral move, honing your networking skills and taking advantage of networking opportunities is essential. But don't think you're off the hook once you've landed a law firm spot: networking is essential to excelling on the job, as well. Attorneys of all experience levels use networking to acquire and retain clients, form... Read More >

Diverse Attorneys Making Progress but Still Behind on Partne

by Vault Law Editors  |  September 27, 2011

Last year, data from our annual Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey suggested that minority lawyers had been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn, with previously reported gains halted-in some cases, reversed-in 2009. The latest survey results, however, provide evidence that the legal profession is slowly recovering from the economic crisis and that progress for minority lawyers has moved forward again. (These findings have been confirmed by reports from The... Read More >

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