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Top Reasons Why People Left Their Employers in 2023
In the last few years, many people decided to leave their jobs in hopes of finding employment that is more in line with their values, or that provides better employee benefits and a higher salary. Whether you call it The Great Resignation or The Big Quit, this phenomenon has changed the way we look at the various aspects of our careers such as employee benefits and work/life balance.
The 2023 Vault Law Firm Diversity Survey: Key Findings, Part 1
The results of Vault’s annual Law Firm Diversity Survey have arrived, and new this year is a division in reporting between midsize and large firm summary statistics. This division reflects the different realities for these two categories of firms, including different budgets, hiring practices, and organizational structures.
Four Key Considerations on the Path to Law Firm Partnership
When they think about a career as a lawyer, many law students and even first-year associates imagine they’ll join a law firm, work hard, and after some defined period of time, be rewarded for that hard work by making partner. Thirty years ago, that was true across most firms, but the path to partnership has changed significantly in the last few decades.
How and Why Lawyers and Law Students Should Start a Gratitude Practice
It's September now, so many of you either started classes or a new job just a week or two ago. Others may not be experiencing such fundamental shifts, but are checking on their billables and beginning the annual panic over whether or not they'll get enough work done in the final quarter to receive their bonus.
Survival Tips for Returning to the Office
Over the last few years, many companies adopted hybrid or entirely remote work paradigms. These paradigms have had a number of positive effects such as increased productivity, improved employee well-being, and even reduced carbon emissions.
Practical Advice from the 2023 Vault Law Associate Survey—Law School
As another new academic year gets underway, we thought it might be useful to hear some practical advice for school given by the working law firm attorneys who took our 2023 Vault Law Associate Survey. In the last installment of our practical advice series, we gave you a selection of advice on choosing and working through a summer program.
Practice Area Insights: A Look Into Labor & Employment
Attorneys in this area serve as advisors and represent companies and individuals arising out of labor and employment disputes. The “labor” side deals with union issues, advising companies on avoiding unionization of their workers, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, administering labor contracts, and litigating issues arising from union issues, including cases alleging unfair labor practice charges.
Practice Area Insights: Where (In The U.S.) Can You Focus on International Law?
There is not truly one area of practice that would be encapsulated by the term “international law. ” American lawyers who practice internationally can practice in myriad and varied areas.
5 Signs of a Toxic Boss
In the past, we’ve talked about how to approach difficult situations at work, and how to deal with toxic coworkers, but what happens when your boss is causing problems for you and your team? Here are some telltale signs of a toxic boss that you should watch out for.
Choosing a Publication-Worthy Law Review Topic
Congratulations—you’ve made it onto Law Review or another legal journal! Now you’ve been tasked with choosing a topic for your note, comment or article—not just any topic, but one that has a chance of getting published!
How to Deal with First-Job Jitters
It’s normal to experience anxiety before starting your first full-time job. But learning what to expect from your first job and preparing for it will calm your nerves.
Practice Area Insights: The Unique Wrinkles of an IP Practice
Intellectual Property practice generally falls into one of three buckets: transactional IP, IP litigation, and patent prosecution. It is rare for an attorney to work in both IP transactions and litigation at a large firm but more common in smaller practices.
Practical Advice from the 2023 Vault Law Associate Survey—Summer Programs
This is the first post in a new series where we will highlight several pieces of practical advice from the associates who took our most recent survey. In this first installment, we offer 15 quotes from associates with advice on choosing between summer programs.1.
Practice Area Insights: Just What Is General Commercial Litigation?
In a litigation practice, lawyers represent clients in a range of disputes, which can be either civil or criminal. Depending on the case, litigators will counsel clients through the pleadings stage, at trial, in alternative dispute resolution, or during internal investigations.
4 Types of Toxic Colleagues and How to Deal with Them
Toxic relationships with your coworkers can negatively impact your efficiency, motivation, and overall job performance. They can also negatively affect your overall health, contributing to anxiety, stress, depression, and burnout.
How Tracking Your Work Accomplishments Can Improve Your Career
If you’ve read any of our advice on updating your resume, asking for a promotion, or performing a self-review at work, you probably noticed we place emphasis on the idea of keeping personal records. It might sound silly, but keeping track of your professional life can be extremely beneficial in a number of ways.
A Day in the Life of a Jones Day Junior Associate
What does a day in the life of a junior associate look like? The answer to that question, like the answer to most questions in the legal profession, is “it depends.
Will Gen Z Change the Way We Work?
By 2025, Generation Z is projected to make up over 30% of the global population. Gen Z consists of people who were born between 1997 and 2012, and holds the distinction of being the first generation to grow up with access to the Internet, social media, smart phones, and other types of digital devices.
Vault Is Back!
Vault Is Back! We’re pleased to announce that, after two long years, Vault is making a comeback.
How to Recover from Burnout
If you’ve ever experienced burnout, you already know how crippling it can be. We talk about burnout as if it’s a fact of life; however, there are ways to mitigate it and strengthen our resistance to it.
How to Be a Good Professional Reference
Throughout your career, you’ll undoubtedly meet some people who will make great professional references for you. You can rely on your professional references whenever you’re looking for a new job, as they can provide potential employers with further details about your work history, performance, and personality—but what happens when someone asks you to be a reference?
Dealing with Meeting Fatigue in a Remote Setting
In the last few years, many companies have begun to adopt fully-remote or hybrid work paradigms, which inevitably means a whole lot of virtual meetings. This has led to increased awareness of the phenomenon known as “meeting fatigue.
Announcing the Vault Law 2024 Midsize Regional Prestige and Midsize Best Law Firms to Work For Rankings, Plus the Top 150 Under 150 List
Rounding out Vault Law’s 2024 rankings season, the midsize rankings for regional prestige and quality of life are official, as is the 2024 Top 150 Under 150 list. “Susman Godfrey held onto its No.1 spots in New York and Texas, and Barack Ferrazzano did the same in Chicago,” said Carter Isham, Senior Law Editor at Vault.