The Careerist

News and Gossip

By Vivia Chen |

Orrick's sad, funny ad; the anti-sodomite lawyer.

The Relevance of Howard University School of Law

By Vivia Chen |

One-fifth of its law school grads go into Big Law, despite its No. 110 rank.

Affirmative Action for White Conservatives?

By Vivia chen |

Legal academia is chock full of women and minorities.

Why Don't Clients Pressure Firms to Diversify?

By Vivia Chen |

There are few consequences from clients when firms fall far short of diversity goals.

Michigan Bumped Out of Top 10 Law School List

By Vivia Chen |

Law school rankings are out. And everyone is complaining.

News and Gossip

By Vivia Chen |

Five firms on Fortune's list; the hubris of law grads; Amal's latest gig.

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Networking Tips for Contrarians

By Vivia Chen |

How to network for those who think it's a waste of time.

Men Are Geniuses. Women Just Work Hard.

By Vivia Chen |

Genius has a gender. Who knew?

More Schools Dump LSAT Requirement + More

By Vivia Chen |

News for law students and lawyer wanna-bees.

Big Law's Top 10 Law Schools

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law's favorite 10 schools. Plus, the 10 underdog schools that outperform their ranking.

Best and Worst Cities for Women and Minorities

By Vivia Chen |

Be careful where you launch your career. Location matters.

Minorities in Big Law: Few and Fewer

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that fewer blacks and Hispanics are going to top schools.

Should Firms Ban Sex Between Partners and Associates?

By Vivia Chen |

Harvard now bans certain relationships. Should Big Law do the same?

Best and Brightest? Or Dumb and Dumber?

By Vivia Chen |

Declining law school enrollment and LSAT scores are a wake-up call for the profession.

Women with $6 Million in Business Are Closing Pay Gap

By Vivia Chen |

Are firms showing women partners more respect? Maybe.

Does Your Boss Have Your Back?

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that bosses who support their employees get better results.

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Ex-SMU Law Dean Entangled in Prostitution Scandal + More News

By Vivia Chen |

Another leading academic in sex scandal; Norton Rose's Chinese problem; names banned in France.

Meet the Lawyer Who's Giving Dershowitz Hell

By Vivia Chen |

Who's Paul Cassell? And why is he alleging all those awful things about the Harvard law legend?

Jane Doe #3 Swears She Had Sex with Dershowitz

By Vivia Chen |

Sex abuse victim in sworn affidavit rebuts Dershowitz's claim of innocence.

Clifford Chance's Problem Associate

By Vivia Chen |

A lawyer makes an incendiary video, and the Magic Circle firm gets blame for its response.

Prof. Dershowitz, Tell Me How You Really Feel

By Vivia Chen |

Harvard's legendary law professor chats with the Careerist about the recent sex allegations, his enemies and the "cesspool."

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News and Gossip

By Vivia Chen |

Another ex-Sullivan & Cromwell lawyer romantically linked to celebrity; tossing away the Supreme Court ticket; and suing Harvard.

Law Schools in Bidding Wars for Students

By Vivia Chen |

Students are driving hard bargains with prospective law schools.

The Careerist: My Predictions for Big Law in 2015

By Vivia Chen |

Oh, Crystal Ball! Here are nine things I see happening to a firm near you in the coming year. Please prove me wrong.

And the Award Goes to ...

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist names the most fascinating, sexiest, funniest firms and personalities for the year.

Top 10 Careerist Posts on Women

By Vivia Chen |

Most talked about posts on women for 2014.

How to Flirt (and Not) Your Way to Success

By Vivia Chen |

Do you know the rules for flirting on the job?

David Lat Dishes

By Vivia Chen |

David Lat talks about his novel and more!

What's the Going Rate for a Major Rainmaker?

By Vivia Chen |

Kirkland & Ellis just guaranteed $36 million to its latest partner hire.

How to Ruin Your Brand

By Vivia Chen |

Harvard Business Review has tips on how to retain your brand when you change your last name. But this misses a bigger point.

Get It While You Can

By Vivia Chen |

What's up with all these eye-popping bonuses?

Five Big Firms Are on 100 Best Places to Work List

By Vivia Chen |

Crains just came out with 100 best places to work in New York, and a bunch of big law firms actually made the list. But not one of them is a New York-born firm.

The Careerist: Guy Talk

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds that chatting about sports can help save your job.

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.

Flexibility Trumps Mentoring

By Vivia Chen |

Forget mentoring, sponsorship and empowerment.

Jones Day Is Not Amused

By Vivia Chen |

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.