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Words of Wisdom from Female Lawyers on Pursuing a Legal Career

by Jackie Cohen, Weil Gotshal Manges LLP | August 15, 2019

Success in the legal industry won’t come easy, but it is yours to be had. Here, some members of Weil’s female executive leadership share words of wisdom on navigating a successful legal career.

Q&A with Lisa McLafferty, Firmwide Director of Attorney Recruiting & Development at Winston & Strawn LLP

by Vault Law Editors | August 13, 2019

What is the most important rule for legal resumes? How can law students maximize their summer associate experiences? Lisa McLafferty of Winston & Strawn LLP answers these and other questions in our latest Q&A.

Not Just a Job Search: Developing Your Future Network

by Mike Gotham, Director of Recruiting & Retention, Perkins Coie LLP, and Shelley Levine, Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager, Perkins Coie LLP | August 12, 2019

Summer associate recruiting is not an isolated activity—the legal community is small in many cities, and it is likely you will cross paths in the future with those you meet during summer recruiting. Check out these tips on maximizing this opportunity to develop your professional network.

Tips for a Standout Callback Interview

by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP | August 07, 2019

Offers for summer associate positions are often made after the callback interview stage, so candidates should make the most of these visits. Read on for tips on navigating the callback interview process, including research strategies and how to tailor your questions.

A Glimpse Into the Law Firm Recruiting Process with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

by Vault Law Editors | August 06, 2019

Preparing for summer associate interviews is critical, but one area that may seem cloaked in mystery is the recruiting team's thought process. Take a look behind the scenes through this Q&A with Nicole Levin Mesard, Chair of the Hiring Committee at Debevoise.

Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out to a Law Firm Recruiting Department

by Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP | August 05, 2019

Law firms receive applications from many more qualified students than they can accommodate in a summer class. Here are 10 things you can do to make your resume stand out.

New! Vault's Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2020 Edition

by Vault Law Editors | August 02, 2019

Finding the ideal firm requires a lot of research—both on the firms and on how to navigate the recruiting process and associate life—which is why Vault has worked hard to compile a comprehensive guide to assist law students and laterals in their searches: Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms.

Insights on Pursuing a Career in Litigation

by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz | July 31, 2019

Are you aspiring to be a litigator but aren't sure how to best position yourself? Here, Wachtell Lipton partner Anitha Reddy shares insights from her own career path and advice on how to prepare for a career as a litigator.

Differences Between On-Campus Interview and Callback, And How to Nail Both

by Paul Hastings LLP | July 24, 2019

The summer-associate recruiting season is here! Navigating on-campus interviews and in-office callbacks may feel overwhelming. Check out these tips to prepare you for smooth sailing through this unique hiring process.

Recruiting Roadmap for Lateral Candidates

by Sean Burke and Kathleen Mon, Whistler Partners | July 22, 2019

Lateral recruiting is an entirely different world from entry-level recruiting. If you are considering moving on from your law firm, check out these tips from two legal recruiting experts on tackling a lateral move, including what a candidate can expect and how they can find the best recruiter to partner with in their search.

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