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Five Legal Practice Areas to Research in the Wake of COVID-19

by Vault Law Editors | March 25, 2020

Selecting a practice area is an important step in developing your future career as a lawyer. Here are five practice areas that will likely become more relevant than ever in light of the coronavirus outbreak—use your time at home to read up.

How to Handle Your Legal Job Search During the Coronavirus Outbreak

by Mary Kate Sheridan | March 23, 2020

Whether you are a law student or attorney, the coronavirus pandemic has likely derailed your legal job search or career planning. Below are some tips for navigating this uncertain time when it comes to OCI, summer associate and internship positions, and the lateral job search.

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Associate Experience

by Jennifer Rakstad, U.S. Career Development Advisor - Mayer Brown LLP | March 18, 2020

Your summer associate experience can set the stage for your early legal career. Read on for tips on maximizing this opportunity.

How to Survive Virtual Law School and Maintain Your Sanity

by Shelley Awe | March 16, 2020

If you’re one of the many law students trying to adjust to a new internet-based classroom, we’ve compiled some tips for you—not only on how to set yourself up for success, but also on how to stay sane in a classroom of one.

Introducing the 2020 Vault Guide to Summer Associate Interviewing & Top-Ranked Programs

by Vault Law Editors | March 10, 2020

Participating in the law firm summer associate interview process is exciting but also can be overwhelming. Vault is here to help you research target firms, nail your interviews, and succeed as a summer associate with our newly released Vault Guide to Summer Associate Interviewing & Top-Ranked Programs. Click to learn more!

Building a Cross-Border Career: Milbank Latin America Partners on Practicing in the Region

by Milbank LLP | March 09, 2020

What is it like to work in the Latin America practice of a BigLaw firm? Here, three partners from Milbank LLP discuss how they got their starts in the region, what distinguishes the work they do, and what law students should know about pursuing this path.

What Is It Like to Work as a Tax Law Attorney?

by Vault Law Editors | March 03, 2020

If you don’t have a background in math, can you become a tax law attorney? What projects does a junior tax law attorney work on? How does a new attorney even begin to navigate the tax code? Read on for the answers to these questions and more from tax attorneys at top-ranked firms.

Why You Should Do Multiple Internships During Law School

by Mary Kate Sheridan | March 02, 2020

A legal internship can provide myriad benefits to law students just starting to pave their career paths. And you probably shouldn't stop at just one internship—here's why.

When You Don’t Want the Job: How to Tactfully Decline a Legal Job Offer

by Shelley Awe | February 25, 2020

What should you do if you receive a legal job offer but you don’t want to accept it? Read on for how to reject the offer and keep your professional reputation intact.

Emerging Lawyer Spotlight: Interview with a Health Care Compliance Attorney

by Shelley Awe | February 19, 2020

Interested in compliance work? Read on for our interview with Christine Kearney, a Chicago-based junior attorney working in health care compliance. She discusses her current role, the path she took to get there, and her advice to law students!

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