The Careerist


Too Sexy for the Boss

By Vivia Chen |

I know being a yoga instructor is not the same as being a lawyer. But hear me out anyway.


Winston & Strawn Gives Dads 20 Weeks of Paid Leave

By Vivia Chen |

Will other big firms follow?

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Can We Stop the Mommy Anxiety Nonsense?

By Vivia Chen |

Moms with middle schoolers feel super stressed, but so what?

Hell Yeah, You Can Bitch on the Job!

By Vivia Chen |

Good news for grumpy workers.

Janie Schulman of Morrison & Foerester, Janice MacAvoy of Fried Frank and Alicia Handy of Latham Watkins.

Big Law Women Talk About Abortion (Their Own)

By Vivia Chen |

A gutsy admission? Or career suicide?

Not Just Rich, White Ladies Anymore

By Vivia Chen |

Even the Careerist needs some fun and frivolity once in a while.

How Law Schools Game the Rankings

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that law school rankings encourage cheating, lying.


Nice Bosses Do No Better (or Worse) Than Nasty Ones

By Vivia Chen |

Employees will leave anyway, so why bother being a good boss?


News & Gossip: Slaughter & May, DLA, S&C + More

By Vivia Chen |

A quick and dirty take on the news.

Twenty Feet From Stardom: Celebrity Ties of the Am Law 100

By Vivia Chen |

A pictorial roundup of celebrity-Big Law family connections.


Law Schools that Feed Big Law Partnerships

By Vivia Chen |

Grads of lower rank schools often beat top schools in the partnership race.

A businessman holding his son after a long day at work (laflor/iStockphoto)

What a Man! He's Taking Paternity Leave!

By Vivia Chen |

Studies find that women's pay gap narrows when men take paternity leaves.

A free range, cockerel walking in grass. (George Clerk/iStockphoto)

What's Everyone Hiding in the Dershowitz Case?

By Vivia Chen |

Behind all the post-settlement posturing, neither side in the Alan Dershowitz sex case really wants their secrets out.

Alan Dershowitz (Rick Kopstein), Paul Cassell (U of Utah Law School) and Bradley Edwards HANDOUT

Did Dershowitz Pay Big Bucks to Settle Sex Case?

By Vivia Chen |

Dershowitz's opponents say they're willing to waive confidentiality. Is he?

Dershowitz Settles Sex Case, But Is He Vindicated?

By Vivia Chen |

Alan Dershowitz's accusers admit "tactical" mistakes, so what does that really mean?

Charles Mostoller/REUTERS/Newscom

Bad News for Female Lawyers with Republican Bosses

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds a correlation between women's careers and their bosses' ideology.

Women Leaders Are: 1) Awesome 2) Overrated 3) Irrelevant

By Vivia Chen |

Is having a female leader what it's cracked up to be? Maybe.

Best Law Schools for Jobs and Prestige

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law feeder schools are not always the most highly ranked.

Minority Female Lawyers Make Gains (But Not the Men)

By Vivia Chen |

The latest report on diversity from MCCA and Vault.

Marcia Clark in 1995, left, and in a current portrait.

Dishing with Marcia Clark (Yes, that Marcia)

By Vivia Chen |

O.J. Simpson's prosecutor talks about race, sexism and parenting.

Ted Cruz, left, and Marco Rubio, right.

Should You Hire Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio?

By Vivia Chen |

Ted Cruz has the perfect resume, but are you better off with the social butterfly?

Millennial Hype

By Vivia Chen |

Who says this generation will rock Big Law? A contrarian's view.

Roberta Kaplan with her client Edith Windsor, right, addressing the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the second day of arguments over the fate of same-sex marriage. March 27, 2013.

Roberta Kaplan Gets Personal

By Vivia Chen |

A Q&A with the Paul Weiss partner about sexuality, stereotypes and her work in the case that legalized gay marriage.

Cate Blanchett in the film Carol.

Why Lesbians Make More Money

By Vivia Chen |

Lesbians make 9 percent more than their straight sisters.

Are Older and Younger Women Headed for a Clash?

By Vivia Chen |

Are they feminists or ingrates?

New Barbies, from left to right: Curvy, Petite, and Tall.

The New Barbie Must Die

By Vivia Chen |

The "realistic" Barbie is a downer. And unfeminist.

Teamwork Sucks for Women

By Vivia Chen |

Study by Harvard economist finds that collaborating with men hurts women's careers.

Is Hillary Too Loud for You?

By Vivia Chen |

Hillary gets criticized for raising her voice. Are you talking too loudly too?

Is It Time To Set an LSAT Minimum for Law School Admission?

By Vivia Chen |

The number admitted law students with LSAT scores below 145 has increased 60 percent since 2010.

The 10 Best and Worst Cities for Young Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

Choose wisely. Otherwise, it can be a cold and lonely existence.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves as she arrives on stage to endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa.

Fashion, Sarah Palin and Power

By Vivia Chen |

Palin has redefined what ambitious women should wear.

Carrie Cohen, left, and Sheldon Silver, right.

Top Prosecutor Says U.S. Attorney's Office Is Family Friendly

By Vivia Chen |

Meet the mother of four who prosecuted one of the most powerful politicians in New York.

Want to Hire Smarter? Try Tougher Interviews

By Vivia Chen |

New study finds that difficult interviews yield higher employee satisfaction.

Ted Cruz in Texas in 2009.

Which Big Firms Are Supporting Ted Cruz?

By Vivia Chen |

The Tea Party darling has friends in Big Law—even in New York City.

Harvard Law School Through the Back Door?

By Vivia Chen |

One way to upgrade your law school: Transfer.

Fewer (and Dumber) Law Students in 2015

By Vivia Chen |

A year-end roundup of the latest news about law students, bar passage, Texas and more.

The Year's 7 Most Intriguing Quotes

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist's annual pick of funny, sad, weird quotes by the famous, infamous and the not-so-famous.

Gender Reversals Gain Acceptance

By Vivia Chen |

House hubbies and breadwinner moms are no longer scorned.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12:  Alleged Bonanno crime family captain Vincent Asaro walks with his lawyers outside of a Brooklyn court house  after a jury found him not guilty of one count of racketeering conspiracy and two extortion-related counts on November 12, 2015 in New York City. Asaro, 80, was charged in connection with the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport. The famed crime inspired part of the plot in the 1990 mob film

The Women Who Won Over Jurors in 'Goodfellas' Mobster's Trial

By Vivia Chen |

Mobster Vince Asaro owes his freedom to two female lawyers.

Making a Lateral Move? Here's How to Get a Signing Bonus

By Dan Binstock |

More than ever, firms are offering laterals signing bonuses.

Is Your Jewelry Hurting Your Career?

By Vivia Chen |

Maybe women should follow Amal Clooney's lead and ditch the bling.