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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Alternative Legal Careers: Diversity Guru & Career Expert

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 27, 2011

Nearly ten years ago, Paula Edgar's life was forever changed when her mother became a victim of the September 11th attacks. Then living in California and working for a software company, Edgar threw herself into her family and took the lead working with attorneys on her mother's will and victims' compensation matters. It was those attorneys who recognized Edgar's skills and suggested she consider law school.Five years later, Edgar graduated from the City University of New... Read More >

Get Your Legal Job Search Going

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 24, 2011

Wouldn't it be nice if you could get some of the top legal employers in one room, do some networking and hand over your resume? Done.Next month, Vault and MCCA are hosting the annual Legal Diversity Career Fair in both Washington, DC and Los Angeles. The fair is a perfect opportunity to get your resume in front of Vault Law 100 firms like Hunton & Williams, Sidley Austin, Morrison Foerster, Bingham McCutchen, Covington & Burling, and Allen & Overy, just to name a few, and... Read More >

Celebrating Women's Voices with Ms. JD's Global Education Fu

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 24, 2011

For a law student slogging through hundreds of pages of reading each night, battling the daunting curve and stressing over the dismal job market, it can be difficult to see the positive side of law school. As an associate who is overwhelmed with work until 2 am each night or a public interest attorney trying to serve the underserved with little resources, it's easy to complain about practice doldrums. It's rare that we stop and realize what a luxury it is to have a legal... Read More >

Law School Rankings Rally Behind Transparency

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 20, 2011

All of the noise on law school transparency has begun to ignite change: the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar recently issued a conditional approval of new reporting requirements for law schools, and U.S. News & World Report has indicated that it will likely change its rankings methodology in response.A proposal for enhanced reporting on employment statistics was set forth by Art Gaudio-dean of Western new England College School of Law-and the... Read More >

Attorneys Among Highest Earners

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 20, 2011

A recent study by a group of economists places attorneys within the elite group of big money makers in the United States. Based on a review of tax returns, lawyers comprise 6.2 percent of the highest earners in America: the .1 percent of the nation who rake in $1.7 million and up. Significantly outnumbered by executives at nonfinance-based entities and those in finance, however, lawyers are in the minority of these top earners.ABA Journal SourceRead More: Unveiling the 2012 Vault Law... Read More >

Q&A with Admissions Expert Anna Ivey: Part II

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 17, 2011

Below is the second part of Vault's interview with admissions expert Anna Ivey-founder of Ivey Consulting, former dean of admissions at University of Chicago Law School, and former attorney at a large law firm-who shares advice on applying to law school, pursuing a nontraditional legal career and working within a university.Vault Law: As the former Dean of Admissions at University of Chicago Law, you must have seen countless law school applications. What are the biggest mistakes... Read More >

25 Years of Equal Justice Works

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 17, 2011

Last night at KPMG's Park Avenue office, public interest attorneys and supporters gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of nonprofit organization Equal Justice Works. With its 1,165th fellow set to be placed next month, Equal Justice Works is a leader in public service, providing hundreds of attorneys and law students with public interest fellowships every year.With a spread of delicious food and drink and a room buzzing with public interest advocates, the event was the perfect... Read More >

Alternative Legal Careers: BigLaw to Admissions to Consultin

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 16, 2011

Anna Ivey-founder of Ivey Consulting-didn't begin law school with dreams that she would lead the admissions office of one of the most prestigious law schools in the country or found her own admissions consulting company. But her interest in business combined with her law degree and legal experience led her down a unique path that covered everything from working as a BigLaw associate to serving as Dean of Admissions at University of Chicago Law School to opening her own business.... Read More >

BigLaw Buzz: What Associates Are Saying About the Top Law Fi

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 13, 2011

The top law firms of the 2012 Vault Law 100 have claimed their spots and bragging rights for the next year. Thousands of associates weighed in on which firms packed the most prestige, but the associates didn't just rate the firms from 1-10; they also shared what they really think about these BigLaw heavy weights. Below is some of the buzz on the top five firms, and you can read more associate opinions on each firm's profile page.1. Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Kat: "Best... Read More >

Unveiling the 2012 Vault Law 100!

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 13, 2011

Associates have spoken, and their voices are loud and clear: it's not about size, it's not about number of offices, and it's certainly not about a fancy website-it's all about Wachtell.In its ninth year on top, Wachtell has kept its title as the King of law firm prestige: the firm has once again clinched the No. 1 spot on the Vault Law 100. Released today, Vault's annual law firm prestige rankings are based on responses from thousands-approximately... Read More >

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