Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus

Kaitlin McManus is Vault’s Associate Law Editor. She received her B.A. in English from Illinois Wesleyan University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School. She has worked for a literary magazine and a publisher focused on nonfiction music titles. Now she writes career advice content for Vault’s blog (most notably for the undergrad blog) and works on Vault's various law guides. She always told her parents she'd never be an attorney—they think her current position is extremely funny.


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10 Awesome Spotify Playlists to Listen to at Work

by Kaitlin McManus  |  April 09, 2019

Everyone works differently-some people can't get anything done unless it's quiet, while others prefer the white noise of a coffee shop or busy office. Plenty of us are music folk-be it to drown out unwelcome noise or just to give us a little something to groove to through a long afternoon. So we've collected some of the best playlists on Spotify to listen to at work or while you study. Classical Essentials You knew this was coming. Mozart won't actually make you smarter (not in an Read More >

Legal Career Spotlight: TV News Correspondent to Divorce Attorney to Political Candidate

by Kaitlin McManus  |  April 09, 2019

Kristen Prata Browde is the principal of Browde Law, P.C., a firm based in Chappaqua, NY. During a decades-long career as a news correspondent (most notably for CBS, WNBC-TV, and CNN) under her former name, Browde earned her J.D. from Fordham Law School in 2000. Today, her law practice focuses on divorce and family law, IP, media law, and white collar defense. She is the president of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York and co-chair of the National Trans Bar Association, and in... Read More >

Should You Apply for That Job? [Infographic]

by Kaitlin McManus  |  April 05, 2019

Applying to jobs requires plenty from you: time, energy, and (perhaps most important) savvy. You don't have time or energy to waste on questionable-seeming Craigslist posts and vague cold emails, and being judicious in your applications can save you a lot of extra effort. There are too many job scams out there, either looking to sign you on for a subpar (and often underpaid) position or even to steal your personal information. You have to be careful not to accept an offer that looks too... Read More >

How Do You Run for Office? Five Key Take-Aways from the Women Running for Office Conference

by Kaitlin McManus  |  April 02, 2019

Last week, on March 29, 2019, Columbia Law Women's Association hosted its second annual Women Running for Office Conference, aimed at giving women a look at what it would be like to run for office. The event featured speakers from such organizations as Run for Something, Amplify Her, Eleanor's Legacy, 21 in '21 Initiative, and NOW-NYC, as well as keynote speaker Darcel Clark, the Bronx Coun Read More >

5 Tips for Powering Through Procrastination Guilt

by Kaitlin McManus  |  April 01, 2019

I need to clean my bathtub so badly. I could swear I just did it, but there it is, dirty again. And if the past is any indication, I'll probably avoid it until I just can't take the pressure anymore and clean it at 2 a.m on a Wednesday. Is me not wanting to clean my bathtub lazy? Not according to this article in The New York Times. We all know that putting off things we should do will only give us more grief in the long r Read More >

How to Answer the “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?” Interview Question

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 26, 2019

The theory of relativity: Five years to a whippersnapper like me is a different length of time to someone, say, my mom's age. To me, five years is basically a lifetime, while to my mom, it goes by in the blink of an eye since she's done more five-year cycles than I have (though she'll yell at me if I tell you how many). This isn't how the theory of relativity goes at all, so please don't use it as an example on a physics exam. But what "five years" means to individuals varies wildly, which... Read More >

3 Tips for Surviving a One-Way Video Interview

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 22, 2019

Burgeoning bankers beware-recruiting techniques continue to shift towards the electronic. Financial services giant JPMorgan announced that it will be drastically cutting down its presence at college career fairs and will be moving the entry phase of its recruitment process to a one-way video interview (i.e., pre-recorded, not with a person on the other side) accompanied by games meant to reveal behavioral patterns. I can't speak to the efficacy that games would have in predicting behavior... Read More >

5 Tips for Nailing a Phone Screen

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 19, 2019

I'm a millennial, and I hate talking on the phone. In other news, the sky is blue. It's not that I'm afraid of talking on the phone-I do it. I just don't like it. And I don't like it because I find there's a disconnect. In an email, you've got pretty much all the time in the world to get your point across, use the right words, and strike the right tone. And in person, you can re Read More >

An American Nightmare: A Discussion of the 2019 College Admissions Scandal

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 15, 2019

Do you know how hard it was, after what came out Tuesday, to sit down and write a post geared towards students? I think most of us have suspected at some point that our higher education system is not always a strict meritocracy. We all know the rich kid in high school who went to a school that we were a little surprised he actually got into, not to mention the brilliant classmate who went to a school where you knew she'd be the smartest person there-or maybe not to any school at all. Read More >

Strategies for Answering 5 Common Law Firm Interview Questions

by Kaitlin McManus  |  March 11, 2019

Summer associate interview season may be months away, but it's never too early to start preparing. As you research which firms to bid on in the coming months, you also should start getting ready for the actual interviews. With a full schedule of on-campus interviews and call-backs with multiple attorneys at each firm, the summer associate interview process can feel like a barrage of questions. Even conversational interviewers may ask you a few seemingly simple questions to start things off.... Read More >

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