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Mary Kate Sheridan

Mary Kate is Vault's Senior Law Editor. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School, an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and a BA in English from Mary Washington College. Mary Kate covers legal careers, the legal industry, and general career advice. Previously, Mary Kate worked as a litigator at a Vault 100 law firm.

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The 6 "P"s of Law School Exam Prep

by Mary Kate Sheridan | November 12, 2019

Law school final exams are just weeks away. Follow these six study tips so that you're ready to beat the curve—and handle unexpected stress—on test day.

From the Armed Forces to Law Practice: Resources for Veterans in the Legal Industry

by Mary Kate Sheridan | November 11, 2019

Thank you to all veterans for your selfless service. In honor of this special day, we are sharing some resources for veterans who are considering launching a legal career or are currently building one, including information on gaining financial assistance in law school, on-campus and employer groups who support the veteran community, and job-search tools..

Introducing Vault's Law Practice Area Resources!

by Mary Kate Sheridan | November 06, 2019

One of the most difficult aspects of being a law student or new lawyer is figuring out what area of law to practice. These practice area resources will help you research potential paths and plan your next career steps.

First-Year Associate Mistakes to Avoid

by Mary Kate Sheridan | October 09, 2019

Nothing is more important as a new law firm associate than making a good impression. Check out these 8 mistakes to avoid as a first-year associate.

Maximizing Your Law School Experience Beyond the Classroom

by Mary Kate Sheridan | September 23, 2019

While law school grades are important, they aren't everything—your experiences outside the classroom are also valuable in paving your future legal career. Read on for three opportunities you shouldn't overlook as a law student.

Navigating the First Year of Law School: 1L Timeline

by Mary Kate Sheridan | September 11, 2019

The start of 1L year is like entering an entirely new world—and you may not be sure how to navigate it. Check out our 1L timeline to help determine your priorities for a successful first year of law school.

Key Steps Toward Self Compassion for Lawyers & Law Students

by Mary Kate Sheridan | April 22, 2019

In a world where we are constantly plugged in, how can lawyers focus on themselves? Here are six ways to incorporate self compassion into your practice or studies.

Decoding Legal Industry Surveys

by Mary Kate Sheridan | April 11, 2019

The legal industry has myriad surveys that aim to give greater insights into law schools and firms. How do these surveys differ and what trends do they unveil?

Which Legal Practice Area Is Right For You?

by Mary Kate Sheridan | April 01, 2019

Understanding the differences between legal practice areas is essential for developing your career goals. Here are tips for researching the myriad practice areas.

Alternative Summer Opportunities for Law Students

by Mary Kate Sheridan | March 25, 2019

If you haven't nailed down your summer plans, now is the time. From studying abroad to volunteering, check out our suggestions for maximizing your 1L or 2L summer.

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