From sample cover letters to resumes to tough interview questions and more, we connect you with insider insights that will prepare you for interactions with potential employers.
Tips and Advice for a Successful Transition to Your Summer Internship
As we approach year-end, first-year law students may want to start thinking about where to focus their attention and energy during the spring semester so that they are well-prepared for their summer and can make the most out of their experience—regardless of which organization they join. Here, Sullivan & Cromwell Litigation Partner Morgan Ratner shares some advice on making the most out of your spring semester and tips for navigating the summer successfully.
My Story So Far-Nana-Gyasi Kessie, Corporate M&A Attorney
Nana-Gyasi Kessie is an associate in our Corporate M&A Practice in New York. He tells us about his career journey so far, and what advice he has for current law students considering how to make the best possible transition from law classroom to full-time associate.
Choosing a Boston Law Firm
Whether because of prior ties or a desire for new roots, you’ve made the decision to work in Boston. In addition to Fenway Park and clam chowder, the city offers some of the most prestigious legal work in the country.
Choosing a Northern California Law Firm
You’ve decided that you want to practice law in Northern California—most likely in the Bay Area, adjacent to the tech industry. Given the hotbed of IP litigation the Northern District of California is, you might want to first consult our practice area rankings for IP.
Can You Use AI During a Job Search?
The various applications of artificial intelligence and its implications for the future continue to be subjects of great debate. AI is being used to create digital art and music, and is being leveraged by many companies in a variety of industries.
Video Q&A with a Ropes & Gray Strategic Transactions Associate
Below is a video Q&A with Madison Martin, an associate in Ropes & Gray’s Strategic Transactions Group. *** For more information about Ropes & Gray, check out their full Vault Law profile here.
Choosing a New York Law Firm
You’ve decided that you want to work in the biggest, most prestigious legal market in the United States. Given New York’s cultural and financial significance, it should come as no surprise that Vault’s New York prestige rankings tend to track closely with the Vault 100 prestige rankings.
Choosing a Texas Law Firm
So you’ve decided that you want to practice law in Texas. First, consider which of the Texas markets you’re interested in working in.
Comparing the Three Biggest Legal Markets in Texas
Texas is a titanic presence in both the U.S. generally and the legal industry specifically, boasting the second largest population in the country and the headquarters of nearly 100 of the Fortune 500 companies.
Resume Writing Tips for Recent Graduates
Your resume is your first opportunity to make a lasting impression on potential employers and showcase the skills and knowledge you've acquired throughout your academic career. We'll provide you with valuable insights and four practical tips to help you create a compelling resume that paves the way for a successful transition into the workforce.
Practice Area Insights: Privacy & Data Security
Lawyers in this area advise business clients on cyber security issues, including internal security protocols, the collection and storage of personal data, and on how to respond to a data breach. While privacy lawyers are most often called into action in the wake of a data security breach, they also help their clients comply with regulations and counsel on ways to prevent data theft or loss.
Top Reasons Why Employers Ghost Job Seekers: Part II
Welcome back to our series on the reasons why employers ghost job seekers. Last time we spoke about scenarios that can take place internally at companies that might cause them to ghost applicants, so if you haven’t caught up yet you can do so here.
Top Reasons Why Employers Ghost Job Seekers: Part I
Job seekers should be prepared to apply to many jobs, and deal with numerous emails and follow up conversations with multiple employers. Once in a while, you might come across a company that won’t respond to you, despite your repeated attempts.
6 Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid
An effective cover letter has the potential to be one of the most powerful tools in your job search arsenal. It can provide a strong introduction that grabs the hiring manager’s attention, and may provide further details that aren’t necessarily included on your resume.
Announcing Vault's 2024 Internship Rankings!
We’re thrilled today to share our 2024 Internship Rankings! The Internship Rankings highlight the top programs in more than 30 categories.
Prompt Engineering: The Next Big Thing in AI?
These days, just about everyone is taking part in the AI craze, whether it’s companies looking to modernize their practices, job seekers hoping to get in on the action, or keyboard jockeys creating artwork and music. A number of new jobs have been created as a result of the continued use of AI, but none are gaining as much attention as what is now being called a “prompt engineer.
The Best Times to Apply for Jobs by Season
The holiday season is fast approaching, and soon many companies will be placing a hold on their hiring activities for the rest of the year. For job seekers, it's important to know which times of the year are most effective when it comes to submitting the old resume to potential employers.
The Hard Lateral—Going From Small to BigLaw Mid-Career
A common career strategy for lawyers is to head into the trenches at BigLaw straight out of school. Clear-eyed about the fact that fewer than 5% of associates will ultimately make partner, the move is nonetheless a good one because the experience gained, the prestige on the resume, and of course, the paycheck, will all help in providing a variety of landing or exit options whether or not you actually make the partner cut.
Career Paths: How Did You Get Here?
At Vault Law’s 2022 1L Diversity Informational Career Readiness Summit, one of Vault’s Law Editors, Travis Whitsitt, was joined by David Sneed (Partner at Covington & Burling), Amanda Toy (Associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz), Adam Sanchez (Senior Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP) and Rachel Tennell (Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) to discuss the various career paths taken by this diverse group of attorneys. We’ve recapped the highlights of the four stories from the panel session below.
Tips for Conducting a Targeted Job Search
During your job search, you might think that by applying to many jobs in succession, you’re increasing your chances at generating interest and getting a response, but this isn’t necessarily true. It can be far too easy to scroll down a page on Indeed while clicking “apply” on every job description you see.