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Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus is Vault’s Associate Law Editor. She received her B.A. in English from Illinois Wesleyan University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School. She has worked for a literary magazine and a publisher focused on nonfiction music titles. Now she writes career advice content for Vault’s blog (most notably for the undergrad blog) and works on Vault's various law guides. She always told her parents she'd never be an attorney—they think her current position is extremely funny.

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Legal Career Spotlight: From Private Practice to Dean of Students to Belonging Consulting

by Kaitlin McManus | October 18, 2019

After several years of private practice, this attorney took her passion for mentoring and professional advocacy skills to academia, and later founded a consultancy aimed at belonging and true inclusion. Read more about her career path and her advice on what belonging means in the workplace.

4 Tips for Establishing Good Study Habits

by Kaitlin McManus | October 04, 2019

Good study habits are a cornerstone of a successful college education—but taking the time and energy to study effectively can be difficult. Here we go over some tips to getting the most out of your study time.

Legal Career Spotlight: Supreme Court Clerk to BigLaw Associate to Academia

by Kaitlin McManus | October 01, 2019

When it comes to legal careers, David Van Zandt has done it all: clerking at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, practicing in BigLaw, and eventually moving into academia, culminating in his current role as president of The New School. He sat down to chat with Vault about his incredible career path.

7 Tips for Effectively Scheduling Your College Life

by Kaitlin McManus | September 20, 2019

College life is a whirlwind, and it can be impossible to keep track of all the demands on your precious time. A well-kept schedule can be a valuable tool, and we've got some tips on how to get started and stick with it.

Inclusive Commute: Hispanic Heritage Month Edition

by Kaitlin McManus | September 17, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15th, so we're back with another installation of Inclusive Commute—this time featuring Hispanic and Latinx voices to appreciate and engage with on our too-long commutes.

The Night Before an Interview—A Checklist

by Kaitlin McManus | September 17, 2019

The anxiety that comes the night before a big interview can be worse than the interview itself. Here's a checklist of what to go through the night before so you can relax, let go, and crush your interview.

Back-to-School Checklist: Must-Dos for Every College Student

by Kaitlin McManus | September 10, 2019

Welcome back to school! Have you got all your ducks in a row? Check out these tips for starting the school year off right—no matter what year you're in.

The Most (and Least) Valuable College Majors

by Kaitlin McManus | September 03, 2019

Choosing what to major in is perhaps the most important decision one can make in college. Will your major get you the most bang for your buck, or will it be ramen noodles for you long after graduation?

How to Get Experience When You Have No Experience [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Kaitlin McManus | August 23, 2019

Ever seen a posting for an entry-level job that said "two years experience required"? It's frustrating, to say the least. This infographic walks you through some ways to get experience before landing that first job.

5 Reasons It’s Important to Keep a Work Diary

by Kaitlin McManus | August 20, 2019

A daily work diary can be an important tool at various steps in your career. Here are a few reasons you should keep that notebook handy.

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