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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Vault Honors the Best Law Firms for Diversity

by Vault Law Editors  |  August 05, 2013

On Friday, August 2, Vault hosted its third Annual Diversity Awards in Washington, DC. At the awards ceremony, Vault recognized the top-ranked law firms for diversity. Once again-for the fifth straight year-Carlton Fields was ranked the No. 1 firm for Overall Diversity. The 2014 Diversity Rankings are based on the results of Vault's annual Associate Survey, in which nearly 17,000 associates took part this year. As part of the survey, law firm associates were asked to rate their employers... Read More >

Which Law Firms Offer the Best Summer Associate Programs?

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 17, 2013

Just in time for early interviews, Vault has released its third annual Law Firm Summer Associate Program Rankings. As part of our Associate Survey earlier this year, Vault asked first- through third-year associates who had worked as summer associates at their current firms to rate the program both in terms of how well it prepared them for full-time practice and how much fun they had. The average of these two scores determined which firms ranked on our Best Overall Summer Associate Programs... Read More >

Vault Announces the Best Law Firms to Work For

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 16, 2013

We recognize that prestige is just one factor among many for law students and associates searching for the right law firm. For some candidates, quality of life weighs far more heavily in their considerations than a firm's reputation in the community. That's why each year Vault compiles its "Quality of Life" rankings, in addition to its rankings of the most prestigious law firms. As part of this year's Law Firm Associate Survey, nearly 17,000 associates rated their own firms on a 1 to 10... Read More >

Vault Releases 2014 Regional Law Rankings

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2013 has just released its annual Regional Law Rankings, which reflect the prestige of firms within specific legal markets-including Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, Miami, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, New York City, Northern California, Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Washington, DC. While the Vault Law 100 provides a broad overview of the most prestigious firms nationwide, our Regional Rankings offer jobseekers a more targeted perspective on the top... Read More >

Announcing Vault's 2014 Law Firm Practice Area Rankings

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2013 has just released its annual Practice Area Rankings, which reflect the prestige of firms within specific practice areas, as determined by associates at peer firms. To help you hone your job search, Vault ranks law firms not only in overall prestige, but also in a variety of practice areas. These rankings are based on the opinions of associates who took our annual Law Firm Associate Survey earlier this year. In our survey, associates are asked to vote for up to three firms they... Read More >

Overqualified is Not Out of Luck

by Vault Law Editors  |  January 03, 2013

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... Read More >

Networking, Interviewing and the Age-Old Pants Suit vs. Skirt Suit Debate

by Vault Law Editors  |  November 08, 2012

There is still time to sign up for this afternoon's Ask the Experts webcast, hosted by LexisNexis. A panel of experts-along with moderator Rachel Marx Boufford, Vault's Law Editor-will answer questions including: How do I make myself stand out from other applicants? How early in law school should I start looking for a job? How do you conduct a job search as a 3L? What questions should I ask interviewers? How do you demonstrate your "fit" with an employer? Can women wear either a... Read More >

And the Best Law Firms for Diversity Are…

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 31, 2012

On Friday, July 27, Vault hosted its Annual Diversity Awards in Washington, DC. At the awards, Vault recognized the top law firms for diversity, and for the fourth year in a row, Florida-based Carlton Fields was ranked No. 1 for Overall Diversity by associates at the firm. As with all Vault rankings, the diversity rankings reflect the insider opinions and perceptions of associates. This year, nearly 17,000 law firm associates from across the country responded to Vault's survey, and were... Read More >

Last Minute Bar Exam Dos and Don’ts

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 20, 2012

The bar exam (in many states) is next week, and if you're signed up, you're probably a bit stressed out by now. Here are some important Dos and Don'ts for the last few days leading up to the exam. Do: Spend this weekend reviewing your outlines.Don't: Overdo it at the last minute. As you've probably heard your test prep instructors say, bar study is a marathon, not a sprint. Do not try to tackle completely new subjects this weekend in an attempt to make up for missed study days. Instead,... Read More >

Which Law Firm Is the Best to Work For?

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2012

Each year, in addition to its overall prestige, regional, practice area and diversity rankings, Vault also compiles "Quality of Life" rankings. Associates are asked to rate their own law firms on a 1 to 10 scale in several categories: satisfaction, culture, hours, compensation, associate/partner relations, transparency, formal training, informal training and mentoring, pro bono, business outlook, selectivity, green initiatives and office space. In addition to individual rankings for these... Read More >

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