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Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus is Vault’s Associate Law Editor. She received her B.A. in English from Illinois Wesleyan University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School. She has worked for a literary magazine and a publisher focused on nonfiction music titles. Now she writes career advice content for Vault’s blog (most notably for the undergrad blog) and works on Vault's various law guides. She always told her parents she'd never be an attorney—they think her current position is extremely funny.

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Are You Career Ready?

by Kaitlin McManus | November 12, 2019

"Career readiness" is a buzzword around college campuses, but what does it actually mean? Here, we break down the eight core competencies that make up one's readiness to join the workforce.

Creepy Commute: A Spooky Reading List

by Kaitlin McManus | October 30, 2019

Your commute might be a horror show, but these spooky reads are just the ticket for when traffic is a nightmare.

The Magic Words to Use in Interviews

by Kaitlin McManus | October 28, 2019

Oftentimes, there's no right answer to interview questions. And relying on stock phrases can be a recipe for disaster. But there are certain notes that it can be really useful to hit on when interviewing for a position, and we've gathered up five to keep in mind.

6 Underutilized Campus Resources You Should Be Using

by Kaitlin McManus | October 22, 2019

Colleges and universities offer students a lot more than classes, room, and board, though some of these offerings can fall by the wayside. Check out these under-used campus resources that can help make your college years easier, safer, and more fulfilling.

Legal Career Spotlight: From Private Practice to Dean of Students to Belonging Consulting

by Kaitlin McManus | October 18, 2019

After several years of private practice, this attorney took her passion for mentoring and professional advocacy skills to academia, and later founded a consultancy aimed at belonging and true inclusion. Read more about her career path and her advice on what belonging means in the workplace.

4 Tips for Establishing Good Study Habits

by Kaitlin McManus | October 04, 2019

Good study habits are a cornerstone of a successful college education—but taking the time and energy to study effectively can be difficult. Here we go over some tips to getting the most out of your study time.

Legal Career Spotlight: Supreme Court Clerk to BigLaw Associate to Academia

by Kaitlin McManus | October 01, 2019

When it comes to legal careers, David Van Zandt has done it all: clerking at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, practicing in BigLaw, and eventually moving into academia, culminating in his current role as president of The New School. He sat down to chat with Vault about his incredible career path.

7 Tips for Effectively Scheduling Your College Life

by Kaitlin McManus | September 20, 2019

College life is a whirlwind, and it can be impossible to keep track of all the demands on your precious time. A well-kept schedule can be a valuable tool, and we've got some tips on how to get started and stick with it.

Inclusive Commute: Hispanic Heritage Month Edition

by Kaitlin McManus | September 17, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15th, so we're back with another installation of Inclusive Commute—this time featuring Hispanic and Latinx voices to appreciate and engage with on our too-long commutes.

The Night Before an Interview—A Checklist

by Kaitlin McManus | September 17, 2019

The anxiety that comes the night before a big interview can be worse than the interview itself. Here's a checklist of what to go through the night before so you can relax, let go, and crush your interview.

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