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What does a securities litigator do all day? Which courses are recommended for budding private equity attorneys? What does it actually mean to be an “international lawyer”?
Unfortunately, a traditional law school curriculum doesn’t do much to help students figure out what it’s really like to practice in different areas of the law. That’s where our new guide—Practice Perspectives: Vault’s Guide to Legal Practice Areas—comes in.
Practice Perspectives is the insider’s guide to what it’s really like[...] Read More >>
Who says the law isn’t sexy? In Vault’s annual Office Romance survey, 51% of attorneys reported that they had been part of an office romance. While this number pales in comparison to the 75% of energy sector employees who have gotten frisky with a co-worker, there’s certainly more love in the air at law firms than one might expect.
So what, exactly, do we mean by romance? 22% of respondents said they had been in a casual relationship with a co-worker, 18% owned up to a random office hookup, 16% established[...] Read More >>
The 2013 edition of the Vault Guide to Law Firm Pro Bono Programs is now available! The guide features detailed information about the pro bono work that 126 top law firms across the country have engaged in over the past few years.
In many ways, the firms featured in the guide couldn’t be more different: they include international behemoths with offices across the globe and smaller boutiques with just one office; firms headquartered from New York to Texas to California; firms with over a century of[...] Read More >>
While a 1L, Susan Friedman learned of a critical National Academy of Sciences report on the strengths and weaknesses of forensic science in the courtroom. Susan, who came to law school with two science degrees (a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences) and a passion for public interest law, was in the market for something that would combine her science background with her interest in service. She wasted no time; at the beginning of her 2L year, she contacted the Mid-Atlantic[...] Read More >>
How Overqualified Attorneys Can Market Themselves Competitively
by Diane Rifkin, Rifkin Consulting
We didn’t fall over the fiscal cliff, but our economy is still not on solid ground. As the economy still struggles forward, the legal community has seen some high profile law firm collapses that sent shockwaves through the industry. The legal industry is struggling and attorneys are struggling to find their place within the industry. When the only jobs you can find are new Associate positions, how[...] Read More >>
In times of disaster, public interest organizations like Equal Justice Works become especially relevant as people who have lost their homes and livelihoods find themselves in special need of legal services. Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellow Marcy Wehling gave Vault some insight into the legal aspects of disaster relief and the unique challenges posed by a storm’s aftermath.
Marcy, who graduated from CUNY Law in 2011, was doing public benefits and other civil legal work in Rochester with[...] Read More >>
From The Monitor Group and Dewey & LeBoeuf bankrupcies to a simple act of ingenuity at Krispy Kreme donuts, 2012 has been a big year in career news.
Revisit some of your favorite stories and advice blogs with our list of Vault's Top Read blogs of the year, 2012:
1. 6 Trickiest Interview Questions and How to Nail Them
Guesstimates and brainteasers are two types of interview questions commonly asked by Wall Street firms, consulting firms, and tech firms. They're also the types of questions that[...] Read More >>
Yesterday, Professor Jonathan D. Glater of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, wrote in the New York Times that right now is, in fact, a great time for you to apply to law school. Not because the economy is on the upswing or because legal hiring is predicted to grow in the next few years—but because it’s easier to get in.
Why is it easier to get in to law school right now? Because fewer people are applying.
And why are fewer people applying? Because, for many students, law school[...] Read More >>
Adriana Rodriguez’s Equal Justice Works Fellowship brought her back to her hometown of Laredo, Texas, where she grew up. During her two years as a Teach for America Corps Member placed at Reagan High School in Houston to teach 9th grade English, she found that many of her students came from low-income families and had witnessed domestic violence in their households. Fueled by a passion for improving outcomes for children, Adriana threw herself into service-oriented public interest law at the University[...] Read More >>
Some of you may be considering starting your own business. Because the media repeatedly reports glowing stories about the latest 29-year-olds to sell their companies for $20,000,000, many people are now deciding to act on their dream of founding the next Google or Starbucks. Perhaps the motivation driving the rapid rise in self-employment is a desire for independence—“No one is going to fire, underpay, or under-appreciate me again!” The turning point for lawyers often comes after they are involved[...] Read More >>
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