The Vault Guide to Bankruptcy Law Careers is a book produced by Vault, Inc., and authored by Seth Stuhl. This publication offers a succinct overview of the field of bankruptcy law, advice for job-seeking law students, and recommendations for lawyers after they enter the field. This unintimidating book is a great source of information for anyone looking to learn the basics of bankruptcy law and how to enter the field. A copy of this resource is available in the Career Development Office.
The book is broken up into three sections, and the first section gives a general history of bankruptcy law before taking the reader through a few typical, modern-day bankruptcy proceedings. The author simplifies the process and explains practice-specific terms so that even a reader completely unfamiliar with bankruptcy law can gain a general understanding of the practice area.
The second section offers advice for job seekers, offering specific guidance both for current law students and for lawyers who are already practicing in another field. The section concludes with a listing of the top bankruptcy employers in the nation (according to Vault’s poll) and contact information for their recruiters.
The final section provides information about life on the job. The section begins with descriptions about the different types of clients, firms, and government entities with which a bankruptcy attorney may work. This information is then followed by a brief discussion of the practical aspects of the workplace atmosphere, including hours in the office and in court, salary and benefits, and travel requirements. Next, three bankruptcy attorneys from across the country offer diary-style narratives of a typical workday. Finally, the book concludes with a chapter providing practical advice for up-and-coming attorneys. Some of the recommendations are general principles for good lawyering while others are more practical tips for everyday office work.
Overall, the book is written in a very casual style, and each section is broken up into several simple, digestible subsections that make for easy reading. This resource is also beneficial because it presents a fair assessment of the field, describing both advantages and drawbacks of working in bankruptcy law. For readers, and particularly law students, looking for a quick, simple introduction to the basic aspects of bankruptcy law, this guide is a great starting point.