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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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 >

7 Tips for Building a Bigger and Better Network

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  July 09, 2018

Standing out in a sea of resumes can seem nearly impossible. So what can job seekers do to set themselves apart and land the job of their dreams? Make connections. A candidate with an in-house recommendation has a significant advantage in getting noticed. According to SilkRoad's 2017 Sources of Hire Report, employee referrals are the top source for hiring, with more than 30 percent of hires resulting from an in-house referral. Clearly, insider contacts are advantages for job seekers, so... Read More >

Six Tips for Surviving Bar-Exam Prep

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  May 21, 2018

Test prep for the July 2018 bar exam starts next week-it's officially time to switch from graduation-party mode to study mode. With all of the pressure surrounding the exam, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Instead of worrying about whether or not you'll pass, focus on steps you can take to be in the best position to pass. Below are six tips for surviving bar exam prep. 1. Make a Schedule While you can't control the kinds of questions you'll receive on the bar exam, you can control how you... Read More >

Six Summer Associate Pitfalls to Avoid

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  May 07, 2018

Let the lunches, concerts, box seats, and cooking classes begin! The summer associate season is just weeks away. Summer programs offer law students a unique behind-the-scenes look at their future employers, while providing some major perks like meals at some of the best restaurants in town, tickets to exclusive shows, and parties at partners' extravagant pads, not to mention a substantial paycheck. Despite the seemingly endless social calendar, the summer program is actually a... Read More >

From BigLaw to the Big Screen

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  April 29, 2018

Jason Kessler is a lawyer, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He received his Master's Degree in Screenwriting from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and has won numerous screenwriting awards for his work, including winning 1st Place in the feature category of the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and winning "Best Screenplay" in the 2017 LA Comedy Film Festival. He has worked as a business affairs consultant, provided creative strategy to brands, and led global content... Read More >

Transfer Toolkit: 7 Pointers for Navigating a Law School Transfer

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  April 20, 2018

For many, their first year of law school is coming to an end. It's a milestone of sorts: you dove into the Socratic trenches and are emerging alive, although probably far more jaded and bleary-eyed than before. You've proven you can hack it in the competitive legal field and now can take a few months to relax and rejuvenate before 2L year begins. That is, unless you're interested in transferring law schools, in which case you'll be spending your summer months polishing your applications,... Read More >

Alternative Legal Career: Riverkeeper

by Mary Kate Sheridan  |  April 10, 2018

Jesse Iliff is the South Riverkeeper for the South River Federation, located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Jesse's tasks include advocacy, enforcement, outreach, monitoring, and more. Prior to his position as a Riverkeeper, Jesse worked as a litigator. He received his JD from University of Maryland School of Law, with a Certificate of Concentration in Environmental Law. Vault interviewed Jesse about his alternative legal career and advice for others seeking a nontraditional... Read More >

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