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Mary Kate Sheridan

Mary Kate is Vault's Senior Law Editor. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School, an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and a BA in English from Mary Washington College. Mary Kate covers legal careers, the legal industry, and general career advice. Previously, Mary Kate worked as a litigator at a Vault 100 law firm.

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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.

Key Steps Toward Self Compassion for Lawyers & Law Students

by Mary Kate Sheridan | April 22, 2019

In a world where we are constantly plugged in, how can lawyers focus on themselves? Here are six ways to incorporate self compassion into your practice or studies.

Decoding Legal Industry Surveys

by Mary Kate Sheridan | April 11, 2019

The legal industry has myriad surveys that aim to give greater insights into law schools and firms. How do these surveys differ and what trends do they unveil?

Which Legal Practice Area Is Right For You?

by Mary Kate Sheridan | April 01, 2019

Understanding the differences between legal practice areas is essential for developing your career goals. Here are tips for researching the myriad practice areas.

Alternative Summer Opportunities for Law Students

by Mary Kate Sheridan | March 25, 2019

If you haven't nailed down your summer plans, now is the time. From studying abroad to volunteering, check out our suggestions for maximizing your 1L or 2L summer.

Selecting the Right Law Firms for OCI Bidding

by Mary Kate Sheridan | March 20, 2019

Bidding on law firms for on-campus interviews can be an overwhelming process. Here are seven tips for narrowing your list so you're ready for legal recruiting season.

Legal Summer Gigs: 14 Internship Opportunities for Law Students

by Mary Kate Sheridan | March 04, 2019

This semester is flying by, and if you haven't landed a summer internship, now is the time. Check out this list of 14 incredible legal internships across the U.S.

The BigLaw Glass Ceiling: Insights from Female Associates on Career Advancement

by Mary Kate Sheridan | February 13, 2019

The legal industry has seen little growth in female partnership over the past decade. Here we share themes and insights from female associates on career advancement.

Legal Networking Beyond LinkedIn

by Mary Kate Sheridan | February 04, 2019

Social media should be part of your networking strategy, but it shouldn’t be the only strategy. Here are three ways that lawyers and law students can network beyond their computer screens.

Juggling Work & Baby: An Interview with Lori Mihalich-Levin, Founder of Mindful Return

by Mary Kate Sheridan | January 30, 2019

New parents may feel a myriad of emotions upon returning to work. Here Lori Mihalich-Levin—author, lawyer, and creator of Mindful Return—shares some advice on heading back to the office after parental leave.

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