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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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 >

Event Alert: Equal Justice Works 25th Anniversary Reception

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 13, 2011

This Thursday evening at KPMG's Park Avenue office, Equal Justice Works will celebrate its 25th year anniversary with a cocktail reception. The organization, which offers hundreds of public interest fellowships to law students and attorneys is a leader in public service. Speakers will include:Executive Director David Stern,Previous Equal Justice Works fellow Laurie Parise, who founded the youth advocacy organization Youth Represent,Equal Justice Works fellow Michael Pope, who works at Youth... Read More >

2011 Signals Bad News for Female Attorneys' Partnership Pros

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 09, 2011

It's hardly shocking news that fewer women are among law firm partnership ranks than men. But the American Lawyer is reporting that partnership prospects for women dropped even more in 2011. Based on new research from the Project for Attorney Retention ("PAR"),[I]t appears that the spread is growing -- new male partners outnumbered new female partners more than 2-to-1 this year, PAR reports. Even more discouraging is the fact that the number of promotions of women has... Read More >

Legal Job Market Down for Fourth Straight Month

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 06, 2011

This spring may have brought flowers, but unemployed lawyers probably are more interested in stomping those pretty stems than smelling them right now. According to the AmLaw Daily, May marked another month of job losses in the legal field, with 1,000 positions lost in that month alone. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the AmLaw Daily is reporting a decrease of 2,700 legal jobs as compared to the same time last year.Attorneys may have gotten their hopes up after initial... Read More >

Outsourcing Your Legal Career

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 03, 2011

As outsourcing becomes a regular part of the landscape of the legal industry, what does that mean for legal jobs? The most obvious answer would be doom and gloom: outsourcing will rob young lawyers of the more junior, menial tasks, reducing the headcount needs of law firms.And that might be true to a degree. But perhaps with one loss comes another opportunity. With the legal outsourcing industry having raked in around $400 million last year and predicted to roll in about $2.4 billion by... Read More >

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