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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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 Universit 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 Consulting

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. Now... 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, Va 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 >