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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The Truth About Doc Review

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  September 04, 2018

Nothing seems to invite as much disdain from junior associates as document review. We see the sentiment peppered throughout responses to Vault's annual Law Firm Associate Survey, with some associates praising their firms for sparing juniors from such "menial" work; some lamenting that while summers aren't saddled with doc review, first years are clicking away; and still others downplaying it  (e.g., "As a first year, I do document review, BUT . . ."). I remember being worried before... Read More >

Navigating Unlimited Vacation-Day Policies

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  August 28, 2018

Imagine digging your toes in the sand for as many days as you want each year. Sounds like a dream, but for some, endless beach days-or ski days-are a reality through their companies' unlimited vacation-day policies. When limitless vacation is ingrained in the culture and employees are trusted to balance their work and vacation time, this perk can provide amazing flexibility and autonomy. But boundless vacation can also lend itself to uncertainty abou Read More >

Fourteen Unique Law Firm Interview Questions

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  August 27, 2018

Preparing for a law firm call-back or lateral interview can be nerve-racking, especially if you're the type who tries to guess the questions a firm will ask. Of course, it is impossible to know the exact roadmap for your interview, but you certainly can prepare for some typical legal interview questions, such as Why this firm? Why are you interested in this specific practice area? Why did you go to law school? What is your favorite class in law school? What are your connections to... Read More >

Nailing the Law Firm Call-Back Interview

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  August 21, 2018

With OCI in the rear-view mirror for many law students, the focus is now on call-back interviews. Call backs are exciting because they provide an opportunity to see the firm in action and meet a variety of attorneys. But with multiple interviews plus a potential lunch meeting, the call-back process can also be overwhelming. Below are some tips for handling a call-back interview with ease.Get There On TimeIt goes without saying that you should arrive at an interview on time. But I'm going to... Read More >

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 >