Matt Moody

Matt Moody

Matt is Vault’s Law Editor and writes about legal industry news and career advice on Vault’s Law Blog. Prior to joining Vault, Matt worked as a litigator at two Vault 100 law firms. Matt has a JD from Georgetown Law and a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida.

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BigLaw to $190K—Who? What? When? Where? Why?

by Matt Moody  |  June 05, 2018

On Monday, BigLaw associates and hopeful law students got some welcome news: Milbank announced it was raising its associate salaries, with first year associates now making $190,000.  This is the second associate raise in the last two years after nearly a decade of stagnant pay; in June 2016 Cravath raised first year pay $20,000 to $180,000 a year. In an Read More >

Meet the Rhodes Scholar, Harvard Law Grad Rapper Running For Congress

by Matt Moody  |  April 02, 2018

Antonio Delgado is a first-time Democratic candidate for Congress in upstate New York's 19th congressional district, looking to unseat Republican John Faso in the election this year. In a crowded Democratic primary (there are at least six other candidates vying for the nomination), Antonio stands out. He's a Rhodes scholar, and Harvard Law grad who decided to put his law school training to use as a hip hop artist (under the moniker AD Tha Voice) and a record label founder. He later became a... Read More >

Ask Vault: Help! I Chose the Wrong Law Firm

by Matt Moody  |  February 16, 2018

Hello Vault,  I am a second-year law student at a T5 law school. I accepted a Summer Associate position at a top Chicago law firm in September and have been living in regret since then. My regret comes from my choice being the first time in my life where I went with my head instead of my gut. Around decision time, I was flooded with outsider opinions who I consulted with as I tried to decide between Firm X and Firm Y-both V25 BigLaw firms. Every outsider (except one) told me to go with... Read More >

How Lawyers Can Learn From Failure

by Matt Moody  |  February 12, 2018

Before SpaceX's successful launch of its giant Falcon Heavy rocket last week, quirky billionaire and company CEO Elon Musk told reporters, "there is a good chance this monster rocket blows up." It didn't, but many of SpaceX's previous rocket launches had failed. The fact that Musk acknowledge the possibility of a catastrophic failure fits with his ethos, and that of many successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs-that failure is a integral part of success. "Failure is an option here. If you're... Read More >

Trump’s Court-Packing Scheme

by Matt Moody  |  October 16, 2017

According to a recent report in Axios, President Trump has privately predicted that he will appoint four justices to the Supreme Court by the end of his first term. This is, obviously, pretty crazy, even with the head-start Mitch McConnell handed him by keeping the late Justice Scalia's former seat open for nearly a year, despite then-President Obam Read More >

What to Do in Law School to Actually Prepare To Be a Lawyer

by Matt Moody  |  September 26, 2017

Many legal scholars and law school professors like to say that law school is not a trade school. That is, law school may shape the way you to think about the law, but it's not really preparing you to practice. So what should prospective lawyers be doing while in law school to actually get ready to be a lawyer?  We asked lawyers working in top-ranked firms to tell us what it's like to actually work in their practice area in our Practice Perspectives Guide.  While the entire guide is an... Read More >

Can Lawyers Really Take Vacation?

by Matt Moody  |  September 12, 2017

Everyone needs a break now and then. But do attorneys actually get to take them? When you're paid by the billable hour, taking a vacation is simply cutting into the time you have to bill for the year (so in some ways, all attorney vacations are unpaid). And with worldwide, 24-hour connectivity and demanding clients/partners, no vacation is truly safe from interruption (a honeymoon was the only vacation that garnered near 100% respect at one of my old firms). On top of that, many associates... Read More >

Law Schools May Be Getting a Trump Bump

by Matt Moody  |  August 29, 2017

Trump bump. It’s fun to say. It’s fun to type. That’s probably why people have been using the phrase to describe everything from the bullish markets to the inclusion of one of Trump’s lawyer’s firms in Vault’s latest Top 100. But it seems that the decade-long slump in law school admissions may be coming to an end thanks to a “Trump bump.” (And no, it’s not just because Read More >

20 Interview Questions Top Law Firms Ask

by Matt Moody  |  August 23, 2017

It's law firm recruiting season again, law students are furiously googling to try to figure out what questions they'll be peppered with at OCI or on their callbacks. Google no more, law students, we at Vault have got your answer. In this year's survey of nearly 18,000 law firm associates we asked them what they'll be asking you! Below is a sampling of the questions associates at Vault's Top 10 law firms were either asked in their interviews, or ask law students when they are doing the... Read More >

Lessons from Trump's Legal Team

by Matt Moody  |  August 01, 2017

President Trump has hired a team of outside counsel in the last few months to represent him in connection with Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Lawyers can learn a few lessons from the attorneys' actions-both good and bad-to help them in their own legal careers. Jay Sekulow Jay Sekelow has recently been the face of President Trump's legal team. Sekulow is the Chief... Read More >

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