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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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 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 >

Women Legal 2012

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 08, 2012

An inspiring group of leaders spoke passionately and candidly about gender diversity in the legal industry at the 5th Annual Women Legal Conference yesterday in New York. Conference participants heard from women partners, general counsels and other industry experts on the state of women in law, the strengths and weaknesses of traditional diversity programming, implicit biases in the workplace and strategies for getting and retaining power as a woman lawyer. For those who weren't able to... Read More >

A Day in the Life: Equal Justice Works

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 05, 2012

Kerry O'Brien, Director of Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives at Equal Justice Works Kerry O'Brien has devoted her entire career to increasing access to justice for the neediest individuals and families. After attending law school at Georgetown University, Kerry was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Bread for the City, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. that provides vulnerable individuals with food, clothing, medical care and legal and social services. Just two years out of law... Read More >