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Shelley Awe is Vault’s Manager of Law School Engagement. She covers the legal industry and career advice, with a special focus on content geared toward law students. Shelley received her law degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to joining Vault, Shelley worked as a litigator at a Vault Law 100 firm.

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Law Students, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay During the Coronavirus Pandemic

by Shelley Awe | April 01, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted life as we know it across the globe. For law students in particular, the pandemic has caused a number of challenges and disappointments. Intense emotions like anxiety, sadness, and anger are completely normal—and it's okay to adjust your goals and expectations to prioritize your mental health needs.

How to Survive Virtual Law School and Maintain Your Sanity

by Shelley Awe | March 16, 2020

If you’re one of the many law students trying to adjust to a new internet-based classroom, we’ve compiled some tips for you—not only on how to set yourself up for success, but also on how to stay sane in a classroom of one.

When You Don’t Want the Job: How to Tactfully Decline a Legal Job Offer

by Shelley Awe | February 25, 2020

What should you do if you receive a legal job offer but you don’t want to accept it? Read on for how to reject the offer and keep your professional reputation intact.

Emerging Lawyer Spotlight: Interview with a Health Care Compliance Attorney

by Shelley Awe | February 19, 2020

Interested in compliance work? Read on for our interview with Christine Kearney, a Chicago-based junior attorney working in health care compliance. She discusses her current role, the path she took to get there, and her advice to law students!

Prepare for Legal Job Interviews with a Personal Elevator Pitch

by Shelley Awe | February 04, 2020

You don't want to be stumped when an interviewer asks you to "tell me about yourself." Instead, come prepared with your personal elevator pitch!

Emerging Lawyer Spotlight: Interview with a Second-Year Federal Judicial Law Clerk

by Shelley Awe | January 28, 2020

We sat down with John Pavletic, a second-year federal judicial law clerk, to ask about his experience and advice for law students interested in clerking.

The “W’s and How”: What You Need to Know About Transferring Law Schools

by Shelley Awe | January 22, 2020

It may seem early, but if you want to transfer law schools, the time to plan is now. Whether you began law school intending to transfer or are just curious about the process, here is what you need to know.

1L Grades: How to Overcome a Disappointing First Semester

by Shelley Awe | January 14, 2020

If you’re a 1L disappointed by your first semester law school grades, don’t panic. Follow these tips for improving your second semester strategy.

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