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Navigating the First Year of Law School: 1L Timeline

by Mary Kate Sheridan | September 11, 2019

The start of 1L year is like entering an entirely new world—and you may not be sure how to navigate it. Check out our 1L timeline to help determine your priorities for a successful first year of law school.

The Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey Results Are In!

by Vault Law Editors | September 04, 2019

We're pleased to announce the results of the Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey. Read on to learn more about the most recent trends in diverse hiring, retention, and promotion in the legal industry.

A Day in the Life: Hallie Kiernan, Junior Associate, IP – White & Case LLP

by White & Case LLP | September 04, 2019

What is it like to work as an intellectual property associate? Check out a day in the life of this junior IP associate at White & Case.

Tips for Summer Associate and Lateral Recruiting

by O'Melveny & Myers LLP | August 28, 2019

With legal recruiting season in full swing, O'Melveny & Myers' hiring partner Catalina Joos Vergara offers insight into the summer and lateral recruiting processes, how to stand out to recruiters, and how to get the most out of your summer associate experience.

5 Reasons It’s Important to Keep a Work Diary

by Kaitlin McManus | August 20, 2019

A daily work diary can be an important tool at various steps in your career. Here are a few reasons you should keep that notebook handy.

Important Questions You Should Ask During Your Summer Interview

by Jennifer Queen, Chief Talent Officer, Bracewell LLP | August 19, 2019

While it's important to practice mock interview questions in preparation for OCI and callback interviews, it is also critical that you prepare your own questions to ask during the interview process. Check out these tips for tackling law firm interviews, including crafting questions specific to your career goals and your own behavioral questions.

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.

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