Columns and Blogs

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.

The Careerist: Daddies Make More Money!

By Vivia Chen |

A recent study shows that men with children beat out all other groups in making money in New York.

The Careerist: Is It Time To Call It Racism?

By Vivia Chen |

Is racism one reason African Americans aren't making it in law firms?

From the Editor: About Our Cover

By Kim Kleman, Editor-in-Chief |

Why are so few of Big Law's top dealmakers and litigators African-American?

Who Wins in Donziger v. Squire Patton Boggs?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

To call this a litigation about litigation about litigation is too simple. The case of Donziger v. Chevron has morphed into Chevron v. Donziger, which has morphed into Chevron v. Patton Boggs, which has morphed into Donziger v. Squire Patton Boggs.

Steven Harper

Dangerous Advice for the Leaders of Large Law Firms

By Steven J. Harper |

Are law firms responding appropriately to the challenges they face? You decide.

The Careerist: Ex-Cadwalader Lawyer Starts Escort Service

By Vivia Chen |

Two examples of how women are getting what they want.

The Careerist: Lads Will be Lads

By Vivia Chen |

DLA partner made offensive comments about women. But is the firm truly outraged by his conduct?

Scalia on Law School Sustainability: Concur and Dissent

By Matt Leichter |

What U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gets right (and wrong) about proposals to shorten the length of a law school education to two years.

The Careerist: Female Lawyers on Sale! Hurry!

By Vivia Chen |

Firms discount billings by female lawyers more deeply than those of male lawyers.

Steven Harper

Economy Keeps Adding Jobs, But Not for Lawyers

By Steven J. Harper |

The economy is continuing to recover. The job market for lawyers? Not so much. But facts don’t deter the law school deniers.

The Careerist: Female Leaders Are So Mercurial

By Vivia Chen |

They still get accused of being abrasive and unlikeable. But at least no one is calling them hysterical.

The Careerist: Color It White

By Vivia Chen |

Forget all that talk about diversity. The pipeline is hardly gushing.

Aric Press

Your Boomer Partners are Retiring. Is Your Firm Ready?

By Aric Press |

Big firms have seen a transfer of power to the next generation. But baby boomers still on board pose serious issues for partnerships.

The Careerist: So You Are a 1 Percenter

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law has lots of 1 percenters. But are you a business-class 1 percenter or just a coach-class type?

Steven Harper

Is ABA Task Force on Law School Costs Credible?

By Steven J. Harper |

An American Bar Association task force created to address the cost and financing of legal education has a big issue of its own to address.

Steven Harper

The Illusion of Leisuretime

By Steven J. Harper |

The toughest assignment of all: taking time away from work.

The Careerist: Ex-Sullivan & Cromwell Lawyer to Wed Sex Symbol

By Vivia Chen |

News and gossip about lawyers in love.

The Careerist: Can Columbia Trump Yale Law School?

By Vivia Chen |

Oh no, not more news about Columbia's fantastic placement record!

NYT Op-Ed Authors Ignore Bloat in Legal Education

By Matt Leichter |

Academics who criticize reforms that they say "skimp" on legal education should show how all the added legal educators have boosted lawyers' productivity.

Sam Alito and Karl Marx

The Careerist: Is Justice Alito a Closet Liberal?

By Vivia Chen |

Who says he's just mini-Scalia? Alito reinvents himself—maybe.

Steven Harper

Who Really Pays for Law Student Debt?

By Steven J. Harper |

More public interest lawyers for our nation's underserved citizens would be a good thing. More public debt to subsidize law schools that shouldn't exist at all would be a bad thing.

Law Libraries: The Last Refuge for Print?

By Alan Cohen |

Despite the advantages of e-books, most law libraries remain tied to printed material. What's holding them back?

Office for iPad: A Must-Download

By Alan Cohen |

Lawyers have long waited for Microsoft's Office for iPad app. Their patience has paid off.

Kim Kleman

An Inside Look at The 2014 Am Law 100

By Kim Kleman |

Our latest Am Law 100 survey finds surprises beneath the surface among the nation's top-grossing firms.

The Careerist: Only Women and Wimps Work Part-Time

By Vivia Chen |

What the latest Yale Law Women's report on law firms really tells us.

The Careerist: Wachtell Lipton Is Family Friendly?

By Vivia Chen |

The ultimate high-intensity firm is also sensitive to personal needs?

Steven Harper

One Reason the Legal Industry's Crisis Persists

By Steven J. Harper |

When debating the future of the legal profession, facts matter. At least, they should matter.

Exclusive: Ex-SEC Lawyer Speaks Out on Agency Failings

By Susan Beck |

Senior writer Susan Beck interviews James Kidney about what he sees as the SEC’s misplaced priorities.

The Careerist: 5 Rules When You're Divorcing a Big Law Partner

By Vivia Chen |

Lessons learned from the nasty divorce of a Cadwalader partner.

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The Careerist: All You Need Is Botox

By Vivia Chen |

Time for another round of quirky, strange news.

The Careerist: Are You Buying the Balanced Life Pitch?

By Vivia Chen |

Both law firms and I-banks want to show you how much they care. Watch out!

Steven Harper

How Dewey Probe Became a Case of Prosecuting Victims

By Steven J. Harper |

As the Manhattan district attorney continues to pursue the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf as a criminal matter, it seem that the quest for convictions is in some ways more important than the search for justice.

The Careerist: I Slept Through Equal Pay Day

By Vivia Chen |

Why did I ignore Equal Pay Day? Well, it's a bit depressing.

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The Careerist: They Are Soulful

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law partners have a sensitive, spiritual side. Honestly.

The Careerist: Are Female Lateral Partners Getting Respect?

By Vivia Chen |

Women partners are just as happy as the men when they switch firms. But watch out for the differences.

Steven Harper

A Dewey Plea That May Yield More Than Anyone Expected

By Steven J. Harper |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf finance director Frank Canellas copped a guilty plea that could lead to some surprising places.

The Careerist: Stop Picking on Low-Ranking Law Schools!

By John Gerboth |

A reader takes the Careerist to task for being too elitist about legal education.

8 Tips for Lateral Partners From Those Who Made a Move

By Aric Press |

Practical advice from 1,100 lawyers who have already switched firms. Do as they say.

What Critics of Lateral Hiring Get Wrong

By Brad Hildebrandt |

For more than two years, law firm consultant Brad Hildebrandt says, an array of critics have shared a ride on the anti-Big Law bandwagon, with lateral partner hiring the latest target of their scorn. Here, Hildebrandt defends that practice specifically while also arguing that the problems plaguing large law firms have been greatly overstated.

Kim Kleman

A Message From The American Lawyer's New Editor-in-Chief

By Kim Kleman |

Laying out an agenda for the high-end legal industry's publication of record.

The Careerist: Too Sexy Looking for Your Own Good?

By Vivia Chen |

Are female lawyers dressed too sexily these days?

The Careerist: Randy Mastro Says He's No Sexist

By Vivia Chen |

Gibson Dunn partner responds to charges that his Bridgegate investigation was sexist.

Steven Harper

False Advertising Posing as Legal Scholarship

By Steven J. Harper |

Is there a crisis in legal education? Who are you going to believe—another law professor who says it's all media hype, or your lying eyes?

The Careerist: Hey, Let's Do Lunch

By Vivia Chen |

What associates should do (but don't). DLA Piper's co-managing partner Sang Kim chats with the Careerist.

America's Happiest and Most Miserable Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

What makes attorneys happy? The answers might surprise you.

'After the J.D.' Study Offers Weak Evidence of J.D.'s Value

By Matt Leichter |

It's no shock that the most recent batch of data culled from a study of lawyers who passed the bar in 2000 shows that nearly one in four weren't practicing law in 2012. What is surprising is that the researchers behind the study believe this cohort was faring better before the recession than their own findings suggest.

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The Careerist: Third-Rate Law Schools Try Harder

By Vivia Chen |

They lack cachet, but they are the innovators of the legal academic marketplace.

Steven Harper

Dewey Demise Claims More Collateral Damage

By Steven J. Harper |

Three former Dewey leaders get indicted—and a former Dewey underling gets a trip through the looking glass.

thinking woman

The Careerist: Female Leaders Are in Vogue?

By Vivia Chen |

American workers favor feminine leadership styles, says new study. But that's different from wanting female leaders.

The Careerist: Duke Law Cracks Top 10; NY Law School Gets Ranking

By Vivia Chen |

The latest law school ranking from U.S. News & World Reports is out. And there are some surprises.

A Reporter Called About Your Case. Now What?

By Eric Herman and Tracy Schmaler |

The Web has changed the rules for taming and feeding the media beast in high-profile matters.

The Careerist: Her Novel Is a Hit—and She's Quitting

By Vivia Chen |

First-time novelist Helen Wan hits the jackpot. (Includes link to video interview.)

Steven Harper

Is the End of the Country's Lawyer Glut Really Here?

By Steven J. Harper |

With all the attention being paid to the decline in law school applications, could it be that the crisis in legal education is over? Not a chance.

The Careerist: Rationality in the Law School Marketplace?

By Vivia Chen |

Law school enrollment is down. But some schools are defying that trend.

depressed businessman

The Careerist: Lawyer Depression Begins Early

By Dan Bowling |

Lawyers have one of the highest proportions of suicides among all occupations—and the bar admissions vetting process could be making the situation even worse.

The Careerist: An Uncomfortable Client

By Vivia Chen |

Why is a respected Big Law firm taking on this kind of client with this kind of cause?

Why Lawyers Are Still Waiting for the Future

By Aric Press |

Six years after Lehman Brothers died, technology-driven changes in the market are slow to arrive.

Steven Harper

Misguided Big Law Lessons From a Harvard Law Study

By Steven J. Harper |

When smart people are determined to see things a certain way, facts get ignored and the truth becomes a casualty.

Is It Time to Ditch Your iPad?

By Alan Cohen |

In a head-to-head workplace comparison, Microsoft's Surface 2 proves itself a worthy rival to Apple's ubiquitous tablet.

The Careerist: What Firms Won't Talk About—the Gender Gap in Pay

By Vivia Chen |

More firms are refusing to participate in NAWL's survey on women—and many won't answer questions about partners' compensation. Part 2 of our two-part series on NAWL's survey.

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The Careerist: Female Equity Partnership Rate Is Up! (Just Kidding)

By Vivia Chen |

Nuggets of hope in the latest report on women in the legal profession? Keep digging. (Part 1 of our two-part report on NAWL's findings.)

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The Careerist: Columbia Is Big Law's Favorite School

By Vivia Chen |

Law schools most beloved by Big Law. And what does "Go-To" law school mean anyway?

Are Rainmakers a Breed Apart?

By Aric Press |

New research points at four traits found in client magnets.

ABA Task Force Report: Part Good, Part Baffling

By Matt Leichter |

Last month, the task force created by the American Bar Association to study the legal education system produced its final report and recommendations. While some of the panel's conclusions deserve praise, others are as confused as those put forward by similar bar groups in various states.

Steven Harper

A Big Law Lesson From the Business World

By Steven J. Harper |

Most large law firm leaders like to run their firms as businesses, except when businesses suggest ideas that they don't like.

The Careerist: How Much Portable Business Do You Need?

By Vivia Chen |

Jeffrey Lowe of Major Lindsey & Africa chats about lateral partner trends.

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The Careerist: Law Schools Where Enrollment Dipped Over 30%

By Vivia Chen |

Law School News: Schools that are hungry for students; Ohio's bargain basement; and survey of prospective students.