Rachel Marx Boufford

Rachel Marx Boufford

Rachel is a recruiting and marketing professional and previously worked as a litigation associate at a large New York law firm. Rachel has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Tufts University.

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The 2014 Vault Law 100 Rankings Are Here!

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  June 25, 2013

The numbers have been crunched and the results have been tabulated: nearly 17,000 associates took Vault's survey this year, and yes-Wachtell is still number one. In fact, there was only one change to the top ten this year: Sullivan & Cromwell reclaimed the No. 3 spot it earned in 2011 and 2012 (Skadden briefly stole it away in last year's rankings). Even within the Top 25, no firm moved by more than three spots in either direction-except for litigation powerhouse Boies Schiller &... Read More >

Register Now for the Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair!

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  May 30, 2013

Registration is now open for the eighth annual Legal Diversity Career Fair, sponsored by Vault and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). The Fair, which will be held on Friday, August 2nd, 2013, in Washington, DC, is an opportunity for law students and attorneys from underrepresented groups to meet and network with recruiters from law firms and government agencies that are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession. While all 2L, 3L and lateral candidates... Read More >

Insider Advice for Law Students and Laterals

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  May 22, 2013

Next month, Vault will release its annual Top 100 Law Firm rankings. Nearly 17,000 associates from across the country participated in our survey this year, rating their own firms on quality of life issues and rating other firms on their overall prestige as well as regional and practice area strengths. In addition to our usual questions about culture, associate/partner relations, training, pro bono and more, we asked associates for their advice to candidates evaluating their firm as a... Read More >

Why You Need a Sponsor at Work

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  April 18, 2013

You've heard a lot about mentoring, and your company may even have a formal mentoring program that matches junior employees with more senior management. In a typical mentoring relationship, mentees are free to ask their mentors questions about work policies, best practices, performance, reviews and more. Mentors, in turn, help guide their mentees through tricky situations at work and provide advice as needed. Often, though, the mentor/mentee relationship is a passive one. In contrast, a... Read More >

Vault's New Guide to Legal Practice Areas

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  April 10, 2013

What does a securities litigator do all day? Which courses are recommended for budding private equity attorneys? What does it actually mean to be an "international lawyer"? Unfortunately, a traditional law school curriculum doesn't do much to help students figure out what it's really like to practice in different areas of the law. That's where our new guide-Practice Perspectives: Vault's Guide to Legal Practice Areas-comes in. Practice Perspectives is the insider's guide to what it's... Read More >

Why Are Women Lawyers Unhappy?

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  March 21, 2013

March is Women's History Month (and, it seems, Sheryl Sandberg month-at least this year). Vault took a look back at our most recent Associate Survey, in which nearly 17,000 associates at law firms from across the country rated their firms in areas such as satisfaction, hours, compensation, diversity, and associate/partner relations. And in nearly all of these areas, women rated their firms lower than did men. In fact, the only area in which women's average ratings were higher than men's... Read More >

Love and Law: 51% of Lawyers Polled Have Had an Office Affair

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  February 20, 2013

Who says the law isn't sexy? In Vault's annual Office Romance survey, 51% of attorneys reported that they had been part of an office romance. While this number pales in comparison to the 75% of energy sector employees who have gotten frisky with a co-worker, there's certainly more love in the air at law firms than one might expect. So what, exactly, do we mean by romance? 22% of respondents said they had been in a casual relationship with a co-worker, 18% owned up to a random office Read More >

Smile on the Job—or Else

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  February 13, 2013

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has been making headlines recently for a rather unique requirement-that its employees "create a sense of fun" on the job. The London-based chain, which also has outposts in New York, DC, Chicago and Boston, insists that its staff members demonstrate "Pret Behaviors." These include being "charming," "sincere," "genuinely friendly" and even "quirky." Oh, and working at Pret "just […] for the money" is not allowed. Sound crazy? Wh Read More >

Check out Vault’s 2013 Pro Bono Guide!

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  February 07, 2013

The 2013 edition of the Vault Guide to Law Firm Pro Bono Programs is now available! The guide features detailed information about the pro bono work that 126 top law firms across the country have engaged in over the past few years. In many ways, the firms featured in the guide couldn't be more different: they include international behemoths with offices across the globe and smaller boutiques with just one office; firms headquartered from New York to Texas to California; firms with over a... Read More >

Jump Start Your Career with MOOCs

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  January 14, 2013

You know LOL, BRB and even YOLO, but have you heard of MOOCs? A MOOC, or massive open online course, is an online class characterized by its open enrollment policies and large scale. Unlike most traditional online courses, MOOCs are free of charge and do not limit enrollment in any way-generally, no registration or application to the school is necessary. So far, schools like Harvard, MIT, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania have signed up to offer these free courses, which include... Read More >

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