Mary Kate Sheridan

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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Selecting the Right Law Firms for OCI Bidding

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  March 20, 2019

Bidding on law firms for on-campus interviewing can be an overwhelming process. Many law students are entering the legal world for the first time, and firms can start to look the same as you try to whittle them down to your top choices. Not to mention, the pressure to choose the best firm from which to launch your legal career is tremendous. But with some planning, researching, and networking, the interview bidding process will be a lot less stressful. Below are some tips for narrowing your... Read More >

Legal Summer Gigs: 14 Internship Opportunities for Law Students

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  March 04, 2019

Despite a very snowy start to March, warmer weather and sunny skies are just around the corner. And for law students, that means one thing: a summer internship. Opportunities for 1L and 2L summer are somewhat limitless-from law firm summer associate positions to in-house internships to nonprofit roles and more. Summer internships offer law students opportunities to explore various areas of the law and see what path will be the best for their careers. But a summer job isn't going to simply... Read More >

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

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  February 13, 2019

Last week, The New York Times published an opinion piece by Lisa Damour titled "Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office." In the article, Damour notes that while girls do better than boys in school, men fill almost all of the "top positions" at the biggest companies. She posits that hyper-conscientiousness puts girls ahead in school but may harm them in the work force. She also suggests that the school environment may build confidence for boys but not f Read More >

Legal Networking Beyond LinkedIn

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  February 04, 2019

Networking is an invaluable tool in building your legal career. And in this digital age, lawyers and law students frequently rely on tools like LinkedIn to find and foster their connections. While social media and online resources should absolutely be part of your networking strategy, they shouldn't be the only strategy. Below are three ways that lawyers and law students can network beyond their computer screens.Get involved with your local bar association.If you want to find a large group... Read More >

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 after their parental leave, and it is difficult to know how to handle those feelings-not to mention figuring out how to juggle your new normal. Vault caught up with Lori Mihalich-Levin-mom, author, lawyer, and work/life connoisseur-to find out more about her program Mindful Return and advice on heading back to work after baby. Vault: What inspired you to launch Mindful Return, and can you share a bit about the... Read More >

Five Tips for Lowering Your Bar Exam Stress

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  January 28, 2019

The February bar exam is just weeks away, and if you are anything like I was in the month leading up to the test, you are oscillating between periods of intense study and momentary freak-outs through which you convince yourself you will fail. Content-wise, you should plow forward with your study plan-either course-based or self-driven-and implement the study tools that you know have been most effective for you in the past. But even sticking t Read More >

Big Changes in Legal Recruiting & What They Mean for You

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  December 19, 2018

Legal recruiting has gotten a surprise makeover. And it's a big one.Last week, the National Association for Legal Placement (NALP) revealed its new Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process. These principles replaced the organization's prior guidance on legal recruiting-guidance that has governed (voluntarily) for years. According to NALP's memo on the topic, "the 28-day period Read More >

Q&A with Stephen McArthur, “The Video Game Lawyer”

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  December 03, 2018

Stephen McArthur is the Founding Attorney of The McArthur Law Firm. He counsels clients on trademark and copyright issues in the video game industry and helps them protect their valuable brands through IP registration, enforcement, and litigation. His clients' video games have billions of downloads worldwide and have ranked as the #1 gaming mobile apps in over 50 countries. Stephen was named a 2016, 2017, and 2018 "Super Lawyers" Rising Star, and Martindale Hubbell recently awarded him a... Read More >

Why You Should Be Thinking of Transferring Law Schools Now

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  November 26, 2018

It's not them; it's you. Your priorities have changed. Or perhaps it is them. The classes haven't challenged you enough, or career prospects are underwhelming. Maybe it was never meant to be, and your heart has always been set on another school that was out of reach. Whatever the reasoning, many law students consider jumping ship from their current law school for a better fit. And if you're one of them, you should be thinking about your next move now. I know what you're thinking-you... Read More >

5 Tips for Jump-starting Your Job Search Over the Holidays

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  November 20, 2018

There's nothing like the holidays for some time off to relax. It's a great time to forget about work and enjoy your friends and family. And holiday social events are always a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the work day. Having a few days off is also a great time to pounce on your job search. I know, I know-you just want to eat some turkey and doze on the couch to the sweet sound of r Read More >

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