Columns and Blogs

Are Associates Getting Dimmer?

By Vivia Chen |

Law school news: bar passage rates hit new low; B-school instead of law school; predicting your class standing.

Jones Day Is Not Amused

By Vivia Chen |

Jones Day accuses the Careerist of lacking professionalism, integrity and more.

Law and Football: Rankings Doublethink

By Steven J. Harper |

Some creators of ranking systems try to avoid responsibility for the behavior their rankings produce.

Businessmen looking up to man on highest skyscraper

The World's Best Legal Brands

By Aric Press |

These firms, with good reputations among global clients, have lessons to teach all firms.

Flexibility Trumps Mentoring

By Vivia Chen |

Forget mentoring, sponsorship and empowerment.

2014 U.S. Supreme Court Clerks at Jones Day. From left to right are Andrew Pinson, Atlanta (Justice Thomas); Michael Murray, Washington (Justice Kennedy); Julia Fong Sheketoff, Washington (Justice Breyer); Sparkle Sooknanan, Washington (Justice Sotomayor); Aaron Tang, Washington (Justice Sotomayor); Ryan Walsh, Washington (Justice Scalia). Not pictured: Caroline Edsall, Washington (clerked October Term 2012 for Chief Justice Roberts). Courtesy photo.

News and Gossip Roundup

By Vivia Chen |

Jones Day's $3 million pets; Weil partner's legal woes; 3,000-hour billable requirement.

Charleston School of Law Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library

InfiLaw and the ABA

By Steven J. Harper |

The ABA has finally weighed in on InfiLaw's proposed acquisition of the Charleston School of Law—sort of.

States' Projected Lawyer Surpluses Deteriorate for 2022

By Matt Leichter |

Analysis of states' employment projections shows higher ratios of lawyers and law graduates to jobs, but improvement is likely with fewer law students.

Female Empowerment, Southern Style

By Vivia Chen |

Forget making law review or working your butt off. There are other ways to launch your career.

Top Law Schools Now Welcoming Transfer Students

By Vivia Chen |

Didn't get into the law school of your choice? No problem.

Choosing Equal Justice

By Aric Press |

Why sponsor an Equal Justice Works fellow? To help the poor and build ties to your clients.

Bullet Dodged? Or Redirected Toward You?

By Steven J. Harper |

Thomas Jefferson School of Law survived its financial crisis. That's unfortunate.

For Lawyers of Color, Good and Bad News

By Vivia Chen |

Hispanics and Asians pull ahead, blacks still behind.

What's Up With These Ebola Practice Groups?

By Vivia Chen |

Reed Smith just launched its global Ebola group. Should your firm do so too?

Are Law School Applications on the Rise?

By Vivia Chen |

News roundup: Law schools, bonus season and bad TV.

Product Review: Should You Buy the iPhone 6 Plus?

By Alan Cohen |

Apple's latest smartphone makes great use of its larger size—but the bigger footprint still could be a deal breaker.

What's Next for Big Law?

By By Kim Kleman, Editor-in-Chief |

As firms decide where they're headed, there's value in knowing where they've been and where they are now.

Cities Where Partners Are Content (and Not)

By Vivia Chen |

Is Philadelphia the new Houston?

Low-Ranked Law Schools Where Grads Make Big Bucks

By Vivia Chen |

You don't have to go to Harvard Law to make money like a Harvard grad.

The Must-Have Perk

By Vivia Chen |

Is your job covering you for egg freezing?

Legal News and Gossip Roundup

By Vivia Chen |

Some juicy, quirky news items you might have missed.

Elon's 'Groundbreaking New Model'

By Steven J. Harper |

In a battle between reforming legal education and preserving the currently prevailing law school business model, guess which side wins?

The Careerist: Kings of the Jungle

By Vivia Chen |

Do you fit the profile of a leader?

The Careerist: In Men (and Karma) We Trust

By Vivia Chen |

Don't worry, just work hard, advises Microsoft's CEO to women.

A Myth That Motivates Mergers

By Steven J. Harper |

Bigger is better, except when it's worse.

The Careerist: Should Firms Use Personality Tests?

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law is way behind the curve in how it screens recruits. But that might be a good thing, at least when it comes to personality tests.

The Careerist: Mrs. Clooney, Please Don't Quit!

By Vivia Chen |

Will George Clooney's bride keep her job as a lawyer? We hope so.

Florida Coastal School of Law

Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess—Conclusion

By Steven J. Harper |

At some point, this series on law school market dysfunction must end. So does the dysfunction itself.

Changes to Law School Standards Eliminate Waste

By Matt Leichter |

The ABA approved a number of changes to law school accreditation standards, many of which reduce ways law schools waste students' money and time.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

The Careerist: Is This Subject Off-Limits?

By Vivia Chen |

In a lighthearted blog post, I mentioned a lawyer's sex appeal. Blowback!

The Careerist: Paging Ms. Abrasive

By Vivia Chen |

Are women too addicted to being lovable?

Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess, Part II

By Steven J. Harper |

One manifestation of structural problems with the current mechanism for funding legal education is, well, structures.

Meet The American Lawyer's New Web Team

By Kim Kleman, Editor-in-Chief |

Call it our digital upgrade: A new team of editors and reporters will help expand our coverage on many different fronts.

The Careerist: Law as a Boy's Club? Just Try Finance

By Vivia Chen |

Women in finance say sexism is rampant, but they don't seem that bothered.

Refresh or Replace?

By Alan Cohen |

A hardware update long meant buying newer, faster computers. Now tablets have made the choices more complicated.

(l-r) Mary Bonauto, Sarah Deer, and Jonathan Rapping.

The Careerist: Profs at Low-Ranking Law Schools Win Genius Grants

By Vivia Chen |

The latest news about law schools and legal markets.

The Careerist: Blacks and LGBTs (More than Women) Want To Be Leaders

By Vivia Chen |

Women across the board do not aspire to be leaders.

The Careerist: Lawyer Suspended for Photoshopping

By Vivia Chen |

Three ways to get suspended, fired or disbarred.

The Careerist: Women Fall Behind in Client Development—More Than Ever

By Vivia Chen |

Women are losing ground in client origination, says study.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess

By Steven J. Harper |

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is promoting legislative relief for student debtors, but some law schools are poster children for the larger problem.

The European Court of Human Rights, located in Strasbourg, France.

The Global Lawyer: The Real Yukos Shocker

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The $50 billion Yukos arbitration award got the big headlines this week. But a smaller Yukos award by the European Court of Human Rights could have even greater implications for Russia's future.

The Careerist: Do Women Lack Guts?

By Vivia Chen |

It's not what you think: New study sheds light on why women aren't going for partnership and promotions.

The Local Global Lawyer

By Aric Press |

In today's economy, firms need a foreign policy or they're missing an opportunity.

The Careerist: Associates Are Neurotic

By Vivia Chen |

What a funny, strange notion: associate satisfaction.

The Careerist: Another Big Law Partner Weds Hottie

By Vivia Chen |

The loves and lusts of members of the bar. News and gossip roundup.

What You Should (and Shouldn't) Do at Your Callback—7 Tips

By Vivia Chen |

The unwritten rules you need to know about the call-back interview.

Case Studies

By Kim Kleman |

In an issue about lawyers at inflection points in their careers, there are lessons for everyone.

The New Surface Pro 3: Is It Worth the Expense?

By Alan Cohen |

There's a lot to like about Microsoft's pricey new tablet—but regardless of what the ads say, it won't replace your laptop.

The Careerist: New York Ranks #1 for Misery

By Vivia Chen |

Is it a mistake to work and live in New York?

For Lawyers on the Go, Three Great PDF Readers

By Alan Cohen |

For those whose summer reading consists mostly of briefs and deal memos, a trio of mighty PDF apps.

The Careerist: Gossip and News

By Vivia Chen |

All the gossip and shallow news fit for August.

(l-r) Catherine Creely, Mark MacDougall, and Karen Williams, of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld. July 9, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Akin Gump's Pro Bono Champ

By Aric Press |

A Washington white-collar partner sets the standard for death penalty trial work. There's room for others to follow.

The Careerist: Washing Dishes Can Lead To Sizzling Sex

By Vivia Chen |

Couples who split the housework fairly are happier between the sheets, according to a new study.

Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

The Global Lawyer: Hamas on Trial

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

As Israeli-Palestinian violence swirls anew, a jury judges the terror crimes of old.

Feed Your Brain

By Steven J. Harper |

If you want to be a better, more productive lawyer, take a vacation—a real one.

The Careerist: Why Men (and Women) Lie to Women

By Vivia Chen |

A new study says that people are more apt to lie to women than men during business negotiations.

The Careerist: Is Part-Time Work Getting Respect?

By Vivia Chen |

At some big firms, part-time status isn't necessarily a career-killer.

The Careerist: Too Kinky for the Office?

By Vivia Chen |

Your nail polish, your career: How far are you pushing the fashion envelope?

The Careerist: How to Nail the On-Campus Interview

By Grover Cleveland |

Tips from a former partner about making a strong first impression.

The Careerist: Top 50 Mommy Firms

By Vivia Chen |

A look at the subtext behind Working Woman magazine's "50 best firms for women."

NALP's Fuzzy Definition of 'JD Advantage'

By Matt Leichter |

The National Association for Law Placement is touting the record percentage of law school graduates in "JD advantage" jobs, but much of the work involved doesn't require legal education.

The Careerist: How to Pick a Law School

By Vivia Chen |

What would you do? Go to the better-ranked law school? Or the one that's plying you with cash?

The Careerist: Zen and the Art of Lawyering

By Dan Bowling |

Happiness expert Dan Bowling reviews The Good Lawyer by Nancy Levit and Doug Linder.

Four Legal Trends Worth Watching

By Kim Kleman |

Seeing opportunities in the legal marketplace, companies are jumping into the breach.

Leonid Nevzlin, whose share of the Yukos award is roughly $33 billion, seated beside his collection of Japanese ivory dolls in June 2005 in Herzlya, Israel.

The Global Lawyer: On Money, Justice and Yukos

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Legally, the Yukos oligarchs deserve their $50 billion. Morally, it's murky.

The Careerist: How to Get an Interview (Without Driving the Firm Crazy)

By Vivia Chen |

Tips for law students on how to approach firms for an interview.

Dewey & LeBoeuf: Connecting More Dots

By Steven J. Harper |

If you thought the story of Dewey & LeBoeuf ended when the firm declared bankruptcy, you're wrong. The best is yet to come.

The Careerist: The 10 Law Schools with the Most Applicants

By Vivia Chen |

Find out which law schools are the most sought-after in the land.

The Careerist: Women and Minorities Who Push Diversity Get Negative Reviews

By Vivia Chen |

A recent study finds that women and minorities get ahead when they keep their mouths shut.

Danica McKellar and Scott Sveslosky at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

The Careerist: Big Law Partner to Wed Star of Wonder Years

By Vivia Chen |

The latest in gossipy, curious and totally irrelevant news about people in law.

Are You a Smokin' Bucketful of Awesome?

By Steven J. Harper |

Some law school apologists resist the suggestion of a crisis in legal education; others, like University of North Carolina professor Bernard Burk, have the courage to speak up.

The Careerist: Do Men Really Want Paternity Leave?

By Vivia Chen |

Men overwhelmingly support paternity leave. Sort of.

The Careerist: You Can Get into Any (Mid- Rank) Law School!

By Vivia Chen |

The latest on the number of LSAT takers. Plus law school news about Harvard, BU, BC, Hastings and more.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.

The Roberts Court: Playing the Long Game

By Steven J. Harper |

What will be the legacy of the Roberts Court? It's way too soon to tell.

The Careerist: Best Firms for the Summer (and After)

By Vivia Chen |

Vault's top law firms for summer programs and associate happiness.

The Careerist: Blondes Make More Money

By Vivia Chen |

Going blonde can affect your pocket book. Here's why you might want to color your hair.

The Careerist: A-Listers, Read This

By Vivia Chen |

You may be the toast of your profession, but the numbers show you can—and must—do better.

The Careerist: Gossip and News Roundup

By Vivia Chen |

All the quirky, fun news you've been waiting to read.

The Careerist: What Nice Girls Don't Ask

By Vivia Chen |

The feminine art of asking for a raise, according to Harvard Business Review.

From the Editor: Doing Good

By Kim Kleman |

On pro se litigants, pro bono work and a world of need the legal profession can help tackle.

The Careerist: Six Rules to Chew On (Before Lunch)

By Vivia Chen |

Do you know the "BMW" rule? You should.

Am Law 100 Firms Hold Steady as Client Demand Dips

By Aric Press |

The legal economy got off to a slow start this year, with clients spending 4.8 percent less in fees and paying for 8.8 percent fewer hours in the first quarter of 2014 than in Q1 of 2013. While Am Law 100 firms held the line on revenues, smaller firms were hit particularly hard, showing 9 percent drops.

The Careerist: Sexiest Law Firm in the World

By Vivia Chen |

Who gets the prize for sex appeal, prestige and verbal complexity in the legal business?

The Global Lawyer: Hardcore Prosecution

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

How a few foot soldiers in New Jersey took down an international child porn ring based in the Ukraine.

The Careerist: Are Male Bosses with Daughters Better?

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds that judges with daughters make more progressive decisions.

The Careerist: Two Firms Where Women Are Succeeding

By Vivia Chen |

The heads of Sidley & Austin and Holland & Hart talk about how they got on the A-list for women.

Steven Harper

A Dewey 'Foot Soldier'?

By Steven J. Harper |

A simple question dogs the Manhattan district attorney's case against former Dewey & LeBoeuf client relations coordinator Zachary Warren: Why?

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

By Vivia Chen |

Did your firm make this year's list?

The Careerist: 10 Essential Tips for Summer Associates

By Grover Cleveland and Katherine Larkin-Wong |

What you should (and shouldn't) do if you want to snag an offer at the end of the summer.

Product Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro

By Alan Cohen |

Samsung's new tablet is expensive and bulky, but its ability to juggle four apps at once makes its a valuable business tool.

The Careerist: Alaska Is Hot

By Vivia Chen |

The latest roundup of law school news.

The Careerist: Is the Business World Better for Women?

By Vivia Chen |

What's harder for women: Making it in Big Law or Big Business?

The Careerist: Fathers and Daughters

By Vivia Chen |

Want to raise an independent, ambitious daughter? Try doing some housework.

The Case for Prescience: Tapping the Power of What Comes Next

By Aric Press |

To develop business, try telling clients something they don't know.

Steven Harper

The Fight Over the Future of Charleston School of Law

By Steven J. Harper |

The debate over who should reap profits from law schools is less important than the real problem plaguing them: where their revenue comes from.

The Diversity Crisis: Time to Call It Racism?

By Vivia Chen |

Until law firms start acting as if they believe blacks can make it in Big Law, diversity efforts won't succeed.

The Careerist: Are Magic Circle Lawyers Happier?

By Vivia Chen |

Magic Circle firms are way ahead of U.S. firms on stress management and work/life balance.

The Careerist: Stressed at Work? Home Might Be Worse

By Vivia Chen |

A recent study finds that being home is more stressful than working at the office. Is this true for lawyers too?

The Careerist: Top Law Schools Where You Can Party

By Vivia Chen |

Want to go to a top law school and have a hot social life? Here's where you should go.

Steven Harper

A Tale of Two Law Schools

By Steven J. Harper |

The problems buffeting two law schools underscore the inherent flaws in a wrongheaded system for financing legal education.