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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Hiring Insights from Attorneys at the Most Selective Law Firms

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  August 17, 2018

Hiring at law firms with more than 500 attorneys has reached its highest point since 2008, according to NALP's newly released Employment for the Class of 2017 - Selected Findings. These findings reveal that BigLaw firms with 500-plus lawyers "hired more law school graduates than at any time since the recession." Clearly, the BigLaw dream is still alive. But snagging a spot at a top law firm or at any legal job is certainly not easy. The findings also indicated that entry-level jobs at 50 Read More >

Strategies for a Successful Year of Law School

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  August 14, 2018

It's time again to dust off the backpack and start a new school year. Whether you're a 1L just beginning your law-school journey or a veteran law student, you may be wondering what you can do this year to stand out in a sea of, well, standouts. It may feel like rising to the top of the curve amidst such intelligence and drive is impossible. Law school can be overwhelming for a 1L as you try to navigate a new way of thinking and the mountains of work. And 2Ls and 3Ls who haven't achieved... Read More >

Feeling Perk-y: Notable BigLaw Perks from the Vault Law 100

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  August 10, 2018

From tropical getaways to private gyms with rainfall showers, perks and benefits offered at many Vault Law 100 firms may seem extravagant to some. But when you're slogging away until the wee hours, a personal concierge to pick up your dry cleaning or in-house yoga classes may be your only opportunities for self care. For the time that associates dedicate to the firm, having assistance with their most personal issues-childcare, adoption, military service, and more-can go a long way in... Read More >

Breaking the Office Mold: 10 Companies with Innovative Workspace Designs

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  August 08, 2018

I'm not typically a jealous person, but today my eyes turned a little green when I spotted a picture on Facebook of a friend working . . . on a gorgeous lake in Austria. Sunglasses on and a smile plastered on her face, she was plugged in to her office through a remote work station called "BusinessBeach."I would be lying if I said I didn't look up a few flights and plan a dream "work-cation" across the pond. But once I harnessed my travel bug, I began mulling over the importance of a... Read More >

Working Mother's Best Law Firms for Women 2018

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  August 07, 2018

Working Mother has released its annual Best Law Firms for Women. Now in its 11th year, the 2018 results include 60 U.S. law firms "that utilize best practices to retain and promote women lawyers." The firms that made the cut are not merely paying lip service to diversity efforts: "At these 60 law firms, almost half of associates and more than a third of partners are women, on average, while one-fifth of equity partners are women."More than ever, law firms are innovating when it comes to... Read More >

Summer Vibes: Top BigLaw Summer-Associate Events

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  August 03, 2018

With OCI in full swing, nerves are high as law students pore over firms' stats, specialties, and notable matters. While the competition is steep for a spot at the top law firms, once you're in the door, there is one area that is guaranteed to be stress free: summer-associate events. From sailing to Broadway shows to cooking competitions and so much more, BigLaw firms know how to have a great time over the summer months. As part Vault's A Read More >

4 Strategies for Nailing the Video Interview

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  July 31, 2018

With video interviewing on the rise, today's job seeker must embrace a new role: director of the job interview. As if interviewing wasn't stressful enough, candidates must now set the proper scene, play the part on camera, and be tech savvy enough to execute the video interview without a hitch.  In just a decade, employers responding to the NACE Recruiting Benchmarks Survey indicated an increase in video interviewing from 7 per Read More >

Do You Really Need to Send Thank-You Notes After Interviews?

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  July 25, 2018

Remember the agony of writing thank-you notes as a kid? Even if you told Aunt Doris how thankful you were for your new roller blades, you still had to craft a thoughtfully worded note on stationary that otherwise collected dust in your desk. Perhaps these forced thank yous from our younger years have given follow-up notes in the job-search process a bad rap. According to a 2017 survey by Accountemps, only one-fourth of HR managers received thank-you notes after interview Read More >

From Kids to Career: Jumping Back Into the Workforce after a Parental Break

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  July 18, 2018

From giggles and snuggles to messes and tantrums-being a stay-at-home parent is a non-stop job. Indeed, the job description would intimidate even the most impressive candidates: organizing schedules, coordinating appointments, planning activities and parties, cooking, cleaning, caring for sick kids, mediating arguments, actively engaging an audience with a limited attention span, and executing your duties on no sleep. But when the primary caretaker decides to relaunch his or her career, it... Read More >

Former BigLaw Associates on Maximizing Your Law Firm Experience

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  July 11, 2018

The term "BigLaw" often evokes thoughts of grueling hours, demanding partners, and a roller-coaster schedule. As a former BigLaw associate, I have a much different perspective. Sure, the hours were long. But my colleagues became some of my closest friends, and the work opportunities were incredible. Sometimes, I even-gasp-miss BigLaw life. There is an intellectual rigor cultivated both by the sophisticated work and quality of attorneys that top firms attract that is difficult to match... Read More >