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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Almost 3K BigLaw Attorneys Down the Drain

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 02, 2011

Last week, the National Law Journal reported that the BigLaw attorney ranks dropped by 2,900 in 2010. So how can a loss of almost 3,000 have any positive spin? Compare the loss to the number of lawyers who exited BigLaw firms in 2009: 6,600-more than double the 2010 figure. According to the National Law Journal, "In the 34 years the NLJ has been surveying large firms to gather headcount numbers, there have never been multiyear declines of this magnitude."The ABA Journal... Read More >

Which Law Schools Dominate Judicial Clerkships?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 02, 2011

Got your eyes set on a federal clerkship post law school? You may want to look beyond the top ten law schools then. U.S. News recently released its ranking of law schools with the highest percentage of students pursuing federal clerkships. Not surprisingly, Yale Law topped the list at number one. The Bulldogs were joined by their usual rankings-neighbors Stanford and Harvard. But the top of the list also included a few schools outside of the top ten (and even top twenty) of U.S. News'... Read More >

I'm Gonna Write About You! Legal Blogs & Transparency

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 29, 2011

This week's NALP conference included a lively discussion on law firm transparency, stemming from the new transparency questions in Vault's law firm associate survey. As I discussed in my prior post, one of the main concerns over transparency was internal firm information leaking into the public. The conversation grew quite passionate, with both panel members and session attendees directing some frustration toward Above the Law-known for breaking the latest happenings at... Read More >

Law Firm Transparency: Whether or How to Disclose?

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 28, 2011

The legal world is no longer on a need-to-know basis; it's on a have-to-know everything track. Transparency talk has pervaded discussions from law school employment statistics to law firm compensation, and the talk is growing louder. Vault decided to gauge the transparency fuss in this year's law firm associate survey (to be released later this year), which was completed by approximately 16,000 respondents from 350 law firms this year. The new transparency questions asked... Read More >

Alternative Legal Careers: From UK BigLaw to Legal Recruitin

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 27, 2011

With BigLaw experience under her belt, Karen Siddall decided to move from billing hours to building law firm ranks. But Siddall-founding director of Balance Legal-added a unique twist to her recruiting focus: in addition to placing attorneys in full-time positions, Balance Legal assists attorneys seeking flexible working arrangements. How did Siddall jump from BigLaw life into recruiting, and what advice does she have for job seekers battling the down economy? Check out our... Read More >

DOMA Leads to Law Firm Divorce

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 25, 2011

BigLaw firm King & Spalding and Washington D.C. partner Paul Clement are breaking up over the Defense of Marriage Act. Clement recently took on the defense of DOMA for the U.S. House of Representatives, but today King & Spalding moved to withdraw the firm from representation in the matter. In response, Clement-former Solicitor General of the United States, former head of King & Spalding's appellate practice and graduate of Harvard Law-resigned from the firm and... Read More >

Building Women Leaders: 5 Tips for Effective Leadership

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 25, 2011

"Ladies your time has come." These words rang across a conference room in midtown New York a few weeks ago during the Conference Board's Women's Leadership Conference. The speaker was Cynthia Trudell-Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Personnel Officer at PepsiCo, Inc.-who knows a thing or two about being a woman leader. According to Trudell, successful leadership begins with two critical building blocks: trust and "authentic and... Read More >

This Week's BigLaw Spring Bonus News

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 22, 2011

This week's spring bonus news:•Mayer Brown: Mayer Brown announced on Friday of last week that it will pay supplemental bonuses on the Cravath scale. Bonuses will be awarded based on receipt of 2010 year-end bonuses and productivity in 2011 (except for the class of 2010).•Quinn Emanuel:Quinn Emanuel announced that it will pay midyear bonuses (in addition to already-promised deferred June bonuses) based on billable hours.•Akin Gump: Akin Gump announced that it will pay... Read More >

Top Ranked Doesn't Equal Most Applications

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 22, 2011

-- By Jeff Thomas For all of you exploring law school, I'm going to propose a novel idea: pretend law school rankings don't exist. Tough to do, I know. But go with me here. How would you somewhat "objectively" figure out where to apply? Pretty much the same way you, like me, may have ended up watching one-too-many episodes of Jersey Shore, became addicted to Angry Birds or came to use Digg as a primary news source: you'd use the age-old popularity contest, at... Read More >

Get Informed: 8 Tips for Informational Interviews

by Vault Law Editors  |  April 21, 2011

Legal job searches are kind of like treasure hunts these days-you want the prize, and you've embarked on the expedition, but the gold is really hard to find. Maybe it's time to toss the treasure map and get creative with your job search. Sending stacks of resumes may not be good enough anymore-add to your job search with some informational interviews.Sure, it's not easy to beg some one to sit down with you and talk about his or her career for thirty minutes.... Read More >

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