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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Repaying Law School Loans on a Public Interest Salary

by Vault Law Editors  |  September 23, 2011

-- Radhika Singh Miller, Equal Justice Works As I indicated in my earlier post, those pursuing public interest law careers should weigh their law school options carefully, considering such factors as experience and training; professional guidance; and financial assistance. When it comes to finances, prospective law students shouldn't merely investigate scholarship, grant and loan options-they should also explore post-law-school debt relief.The three major types of... Read More >

Interested in Public Interest Law? What to Consider When Cho

by Vault Law Editors  |  September 22, 2011

-- Radhika Singh Miller, Equal Justice WorksLaw school is a common choice for many - including those dedicated to fighting for justice and serving those in need. Public interest lawyers represent the underprivileged and work for systemic change; however, this tireless work often comes with a lower pay check than private practice positions.For those hoping to enter public interest professions, there are a few important considerations to think about when entering law school. Choosing... Read More >

Top Law Firm Summer Associate Programs

by Vault Law Editors  |  September 15, 2011

For those seeking to launch law firm careers, securing a summer associate position is an important first step. Depending on how the summer program is designed, it is an opportunity for law students to understand the culture and practice of the law firm and to determine whether law firm practice meshes with their career goals. And while the days of the unlimited tab may be long gone, many summer associate programs still weave in social events-perhaps on a smaller scale than in the... Read More >

Diversity and Its Impact on the Legal Profession

by Vault Law Editors  |  August 03, 2011

"Diversity is a very critical element of our society," said Robert J. Grey, Jr.-a partner at law firm Hunton & Williams-during a keynote speech at the 6, held on Friday, July 29, 2011 in Washington, D.C. In discussing his path to Washington and Lee University School of Law, Grey engaged the audience with a story about his first meeting with the then-dean of the law school.  While his story was filled with humor, Grey conveyed an important message:... Read More >

Announcing Vault's 2012 Best Law Firms for Diversity

by Vault Law Editors  |  August 02, 2011

Diversity: many candidates seek it, many clients demand it and many law firms tout it. But which firms are delivering when it comes to recruitment and retention of diverse candidates? At the sixth annual Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair this past Friday, Vault revealed the results of its diversity rankings, and one firm stole the show: Carlton Fields.Vault's diversity rankings are part of our annual law firm associate survey and have been a critical aspect of the survey since... Read More >

Best in Class: Vault Releases Law Firm Practice Area Ranking

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 27, 2011

Deciding to become a lawyer is just one step in the process, but the legal profession is not a one-size-fits-all career. Many attorneys develop practice specialties, and many law students want to focus on specific areas. For law students and laterals looking for the best match, Vault's practice area rankings provide a valuable way to assess potential employers by understanding which law firms excel in specific practice areas based on the perspectives of associates... Read More >

Going Local: Introducing Vault's 2012 Regional Rankings

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 20, 2011

While many BigLaw firms are global jetsetters, with cases across the world, legal practice also often has a significant local component. Vault's regional rankings go beyond overall prestige and delve into which firms are on top in their respective regions. In this year's survey of almost 16,000 law firm associates, we asked attorneys their perspectives on peer firms within their specific locations. Below is a list of the firms that ranked No. 1 in regions across the U.S., along... Read More >

Announcing Vault's 2012 Quality of Life Rankings

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 12, 2011

Grueling hours, tight deadlines and demanding work are the standards of BigLaw life, but how associates fare under these intense conditions may depend greatly on quality of life within the firm. When it comes to associate satisfaction, one firm stands out from all of the others in the newly-released Vault 2012 "Best Law Firms to Work For": Williams & Connolly (find the complete rankings here).Pushing Ropes & Gray-which held the No. 1 spot for the past two... Read More >

Salaries Drop for Recent Law School Grads

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2011

Last week, NALP released a new report on starting salaries for the class of 2010, and just like recent law grads' job prospects, their salary potential is looking down. According to The AmLaw Daily, "the median starting salary for 2010 law school graduates dropped 13 percent to $63,000 when compared to the class of 2009, while the mean starting salary fell nearly 10 percent to $84,111 in the same comparison. The decreases in median and mean salary figures amount to drops of... Read More >

5 Tips for Legal Networking this Summer

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2011

It's summer-a roofdeck somewhere is calling to you, and you're not giving up a chance to leave work while it's still light out so that you can go sit in some stuffy legal event with a bunch of strangers.Understandable, but networking shouldn't stop just because summer has started. The social aspects of summer and the fact that you may have more time due to a less demanding work schedule or summer break may provide you the perfect opportunity to build invaluable... Read More >

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