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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Quick! Get into Harvard Law School While You Can!

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  December 06, 2012

Yesterday, Professor Jonathan D. Glater of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, wrote in the New York Times that right now is, in fact, a great time for you to apply to law school. Not because the economy is on the upswing or because legal hiring is predicted to grow in the next few years-but because it's easier to get in. Why is it easier to get in to law school right now? Because fewer people are applying. And why are fewer people applying? Because, for many students, law... Read More >

It’s Law Firm Bonus Time!

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  November 26, 2012

The Thanksgiving leftovers are dwindling and law firm associates are back to work today-that is, if they weren't in the office all weekend. And on the exact same day as it did last year, top law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore kicked off bonus season by announcing associate bonuses for 2012. If the last several years are any indication, it won't be long until most every other New York BigLaw firm follows suit and offers associates-surprise!-exactly the same amount of money. In a firm-wide... Read More >

Hurricane Sandy--How You Can Help

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  November 02, 2012

As you may know, Vault's offices are located near Manhattan's Penn Station-right on the border of the mass power outages, flooding and destruction that New York experienced this week. We appreciate your patience while we get up and running and will be back with career advice as soon as possible. In the meantime, for readers looking for a way to help, below are some suggestions:   Financial help. If you are able to donate, some of the most reputable and needy organizations include: The... Read More >

The Two-Year JD?

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  October 19, 2012

As law students and alumni know, 3L year (the third and final year of law school) is considered by many to be useless-a waste of time and money. Because most law students complete their required coursework at some point during their second year, the third year is usually filled with electives or clinical work. And while these courses are no doubt intellectually stimulating, they are also expensive-in terms of both time and money. In response to these concerns, New York University School of... Read More >

Career Advice for Anthropology Majors

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  October 12, 2012

Yesterday, Forbes named the "Ten Worst College Majors" in terms of employment and earnings potential for graduates. By analyzing data from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, which collected employment and earnings rates for graduates by major, Forbes determined that when it comes to your economic prospects, anthropology is the worst major a student can choose. Of the ten "worst" majors on Forbes' list, five are in the humanities (philosophy, history,... Read More >

How the Presidential Debate Can Make You a Better Interviewer

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  October 04, 2012

Have an interview coming up? You might want to re-watch last night's presidential debate for some pointers. No, I'm not suggesting that you talk over the person asking you questions (like one candidate) or show up looking like you could use a nap (like the other candidate). But listen closely to each question, and at the end of the candidate's response, ask yourself: are we now on an entirely different topic? In nearly every presidential debate, candidates don't quite answer the questions... Read More >

Is Lockstep Compensation the Key to Happy Associates?

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  September 25, 2012

As part of its special section on the future of BigLaw, the New York Times examined the culture at firms that have held on to a pure lockstep compensation structure-for both partners and associates. According to the managing partners at Cravath, Cleary and Debevoise, the lockstep system-in which attorneys are paid solely according to their seniority instead of according to merit-based criteria-fosters a culture of transparency, collegiality and teamwork. This summer, Vault released its... Read More >

New York Bar Pro Bono Requirement: Details Revealed!

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  September 20, 2012

Back in May, New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that New York would become the first state to require lawyers to perform 50 hours of pro bono work before being licensed to practice. The announcement set off a flurry of both praise and criticism. While supporters applauded a renewed focus on justice issues within the legal profession, others worried about the quality of legal services that would be provided by unwilling practitioners and pointed out that the requirement might... Read More >

How to Write Your Own Recommendation Letter

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  September 13, 2012

So you've developed a great relationship with your professor, mentor or supervisor, and it's time to ask for a letter of recommendation. While the standard practice is for references to write their own recommendation letters, it's becoming increasingly common for time-strapped individuals to ask you to pen the first draft of a letter yourself. This is a great opportunity for you to make sure that you get a stellar recommendation letter that highlights the most relevant skills and experiences... Read More >

The Art of the Thank-You Note

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  September 04, 2012

The days following an interview can be full of stress. You replay each part of the conversation in your head, second-guess your choice of outfit and constantly check your phone for missed calls. (Wait, are we talking about a first date or an interview here?) While the three-day rule of asking for a second date doesn't apply, it's important to follow up appropriately with your interviewer. A handwritten thank-you note isn't necessary-and might even arrive too late. Instead, within one... Read More >

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