When you are in the trenches of law school, it can be hard to understand how the endless hours of reading, book-briefing, and outlining will apply to real legal practice. But there are many steps you can take as a law student to set yourself up for success as a practicing lawyer—including adopting certain habits and mindsets and seeking out specific learning experiences.
In Vault’s most recent Annual Associate Survey, we asked law firm associates how they felt law school prepared them for practice and what advice they have for law students in preparing for life as an associate. Read on for some of their advice.
In recognition of Memorial Day and all of the Servicemembers who enter the legal profession after serving, we asked Gibson Dunn associates Andrew Paulson (Palo Alto), Crystal Weeks (Washington, DC), and Kiel Sauerman (Dallas) to describe their experiences as veterans working in BigLaw. We hope that this discussion will help assist Servicemembers, veterans, and prospective JAG Officers, who are either contemplating law school or thinking of transitioning to the private sector after serving, in understanding how their experience translates in the private sector and what associate life is like at Gibson Dunn.
With several weeks of the “new normal” under our belts, we checked in with practicing attorneys to ask what they’ve been doing to maintain their mental health and stay connected during this time. (A couple of themes are clear: Zoom and working out!
For those who are invested in such things, be they prospective students assessing which school to attend or alumni wondering how the prestige of their alma mater is faring, the new US News law rankings released on March 28. There was one extremely significant event in the ranking shifts this year, as some predicted given the changes in US News' methodology over last year.
You’ve just received word that your job is going to switch to the fully remote paradigm. That means no more travel expenses or traffic, no more rushing frenetically from place to place, and no more of the crushing outfit dilemma you’ve faced with each new day.
On Friday, May 20, 2022, Vault Law will host an OCI Readiness Summit for law students looking to prepare for and find summer and other associate positions through OCI. You can register for this free informational summit here, and learn more about it below.