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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Revamping Law Firm Interviews

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 18, 2011

Did Jane Eyre nab me offers from BigLaw firms when I was an eager law student interviewing during EIP? I'll never know. But I (to my surprise) talked about my favorite book repeatedly throughout my law firm interviews, along with what I thought of certain professors at my law school and which restaurants in New York were my favorite. I remember my law firm interviews being largely conversational. Of course, the interviewers asked me the obligatory questions on my decision to go to law... Read More >

Pros & Cons of Law School

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 16, 2011

Toying with the notion of going to law school but not sure if the (quite possibly) six-figure investment and three-year commitment is worth it? Join me on Wednesday night in New York City for a panel discussion on the good, the bad and the in-between of a law degree.Hear from a Vault Law 100 law firm partner, an assistant district attorney, an admissions counselor and a recent law school graduate. And get ready to build your connections at a networking reception (with refreshments)... Read More >

5 Tips for a Successful Start to Your Law Firm Summer

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 16, 2011

Time to pack away those casebooks and pull out your business best-summer associate programs are about to begin. You've heard all of the law firm hype, and now it's time to see it first-hand. But this isn't just time to sit back, watch BigLaw life and sip way too many cocktails with your fellow summers each night. Your summer associateship is a multiple-week-long job interview, and in this current job market, you've got to make a good impression.Sometimes a good... Read More >

Will BigLaw Simon Ever Say Merit-Based Comp?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 13, 2011

Law firm compensation looks a lot like a game of Simon Says. Simon (or Cravath) Says pay all first years x. Simon Says pay all first years y. Pay first years based on their performance. Tsk, tsk . . . I didn't say "Simon Says."Most of the BigLaw firms follow the leader, paying the same compensation and bonuses based strictly on class year. But several firms have said so long to BigLaw Simon and ventured into merit-based compensation models. A recent panel at NALP called... Read More >

A Career in Entertainment Law

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 12, 2011

Graduating during the economic downturn, Nathan Sheffield was stuck in the legal job market's murky waters. But he took advantage of opportunities and connections to eventually land him right where he belonged: as an entertainment and sports attorney. Sheffield not only broke into his dream area-he helped found the Sports & Entertainment practice group at his law firm. In the below interview with Vault, Sheffield talks about his career path, working as an entertainment... Read More >

Raj Rajaratnam Guilty of Insider Trading

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 11, 2011

Raj Rajaratnam-founder of Galleon Group-has been convicted of insider trading. He was convicted on all 14 counts, which included 9 counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and 5 counts of securities fraud. Rajaratnam-who was represented by BigLaw firm Akin Gump-will appeal. Check out Vault's Finance blog for more information and past coverage of the trial.Read More:Rajaratnam Found Guilty on All 14 Accounts 6 Unresolved Questions in the Wake of the Rajaratnam... Read More >

A Better Dialogue Regarding Law School Scholarships

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 10, 2011

--By Jeff Thomas On May 1, the New York Times garnered a lot of attention in the legal education community with its article "Law Students Lose the Grant Game as Schools Win," regarding the disappearing act of merit-based scholarships for many 2L students. The reporter, David Segal, contends that some law schools game the law school rankings by luring in applicants who have stellar LSAT scores and high GPAs-the rankings are very much driven by these two factors for... Read More >

Unprecedented, Enormous Law School Debt

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 09, 2011

Six figures to sit in a classroom and get publicly ridiculed in front of dozens of other people all so that you can take some bell-curve-graded exams on a bunch of theory that you'll never use in real life. Sounds ridiculous when put that way, but thousands of students break the bank each year and give their lives over to the time-(and self-esteem)-suck that is law school.Of course, several years ago, those six figures may have been an investment on a long, lucrative career at a top... Read More >

What Does Family Friendly Mean for Male Attorneys?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 09, 2011

In Yale Law Women's ("YLW") sixth annual ranking of the best family-friendly law firms, the following BigLaw firms made the Top Ten (in alphabetical order):•Arnold & Porter •Covington & Burling •Dorsey & Whitney •Kirkland & Ellis •Mayer Brown •Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo •Perkins Coie •Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman •Sidley Austin •WilmerHale.According to this year's survey, (which... Read More >

To Law School or Not?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 09, 2011

Got law on the brain but not sure if law school is right for you? No doubt-and hopefully if you're considering pursuing law school-you've read all of the reports and commentary on the challenging legal job market. And you're probably in-the-know about the recent criticism of law school transparency (whether that relates to employment statistics, scholarships awards or some other factor). Plus, you've likely thought long and hard about finances and whether... Read More >

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