Kaitlin McManus

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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5 Tips for Nailing a Phone Screen

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 19, 2019

I'm a millennial, and I hate talking on the phone. In other news, the sky is blue. It's not that I'm afraid of talking on the phone-I do it. I just don't like it. And I don't like it because I find there's a disconnect. In an email, you've got pretty much all the time in the world to get your point across, use the right words, and strike the right tone. And in person, you can re Read More >

An American Nightmare: A Discussion of the 2019 College Admissions Scandal

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 15, 2019

Do you know how hard it was, after what came out Tuesday, to sit down and write a post geared towards students? I think most of us have suspected at some point that our higher education system is not always a strict meritocracy. We all know the rich kid in high school who went to a school that we were a little surprised he actually got into, not to mention the brilliant classmate who went to a school where you knew she'd be the smartest person there-or maybe not to any school at all. Read More >

Strategies for Answering 5 Common Law Firm Interview Questions

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 11, 2019

Summer associate interview season may be months away, but it's never too early to start preparing. As you research which firms to bid on in the coming months, you also should start getting ready for the actual interviews. With a full schedule of on-campus interviews and call-backs with multiple attorneys at each firm, the summer associate interview process can feel like a barrage of questions. Even conversational interviewers may ask you a few seemingly simple questions to start things off.... Read More >

Midterm Checklist: Four Things to Do Around Spring Break

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 08, 2019

It's SPRING BREAK-or at least it's really, really close. But do you know what comes first? Midterms. And travel planning. And a whole mess of stuff. I know it probably feels like the semester just started (and it kind of did), but there are some things that you should probably get around to now that you've only got a few weeks left in the school year. 1. Focus on midterm exams. Midterms often make up a fairly significant portion of your final grade in a class, so these are tests you're... Read More >

Inclusive Commute: An International Women’s Day Reading List

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 06, 2019

Last month, I compiled a reading list for Black History Month. This month is Women's History Month-and March 8th is International Women's Day. This month, I urge you to use your commute to take in the perspectives of women from various countries, cultures, and backgrounds, and with a myriad of identities. We're half the population, and yet female authors are continuously underrepresented in the printed word. This month, and every month, it's important to hear women's voices in the wor Read More >

A Handy-Dandy Guide to Email Etiquette

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 05, 2019

Ever hit "reply all" on an email you shouldn't have? Or vice versa? How do you write a formal email without sounding like you have no personality, or altogether too much personality? And what the heck are you supposed to put in the subject line? Well, I'm not Emily Post-but in this guide to email etiquette, you can call me E-Post. (Get it?) We're going to take a deep dive on the multitudinous aspects of "shooting off a quick email," which is rarely as simple as it sounds. Re: Subject... Read More >

3 Reasons You Should Try Academic Research

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 01, 2019

I got an email the other day from Academia.edu. Considering I left grad school almost a year ago, my first thought was, "How did they find me?" Turns out, my name had been mentioned in a research paper. It had almost completely slipped my mind that, while a sophomore at Boston University, I was a research assistant at the Harvard Laboratory for Developmental Studies. It wasn't as glamorous as it sounds-mostly I cold-called parents and asked if they wanted to bring their toddler in to... Read More >

That Should Be a Class: Basic Post-College Skills You’ll Probably Need to Teach Yourself

by Kaitlin McManus  |  February 27, 2019

High school and college go a long way in preparing us for "real life." But even those who graduate with top grades from star schools can find some pitfalls in the day-to-day. How hard "adulting" is has become such a meme that there's even an Adulting School where they teach you about everything from money to DIY projects. Spoiler alert: the classes aren't cheap, and you can learn about most of their subjects elsewhere for free. Given how expensive college is, you think they'd teach you how... Read More >

Legal Career Spotlight: From Law Clerk to Federal Public Defender to Law Firm Partner

by Kaitlin McManus  |  February 24, 2019

Sam Josephs is a partner at Spertus Landes & Umhofer, a full-service litigation boutique based in Los Angeles. After earning his J.D. from Georgetown and clerking for the Southern District of New York and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, he became a federal public defender for the Central District of California and served for nearly five years. In private practice, he specializes in white collar criminal matters and general civil litigation and represents students in university-led... Read More >

Is There Such Thing as Too Many Internships?

by Kaitlin McManus  |  February 22, 2019

Whether you're coming out of college or just finding your groove, it can be tough to stand out from your peers as you prepare to join the working world. And though colleges offer a smorgasbord of opportunities and extracurriculars, one surefire way to get noticed on the job market is an internship. Be they over the summer or over a semester, an internship demonstrates initiative, work ethic, and maturity in a work environment. So you should try to nab as many as you can,... Read More >

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