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Title: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: Pittman2 on February 20, 2006, 12:10:57 PM
Is anyone aware of any limiting conditions imposed on older-than normal law school graduates because of their age? For example, if one graduates from law school at age 29, do you know if one's age would in any way limit one's professional options (i.e. private practice, professorship, clerkship, public interest law)?
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: burghblast on February 20, 2006, 12:42:29 PM
Is anyone aware of any limiting conditions imposed on older-than normal law school graduates because of their age? For example, if one graduates from law school at age 29, do you know if one's age would in any way limit one's professional options (i.e. private practice, professorship, clerkship, public interest law)?

I'll graduate at 30 and I asked this same question in the judicial clerkship context.  The people I talked to - who were all former clerks themselves - said it could only be beneficial, from a maturity and experience perspective.  Not sure how firms feel about hiring us old people as new associates.  There's probably some perception that we're less willing to work in sweatshop conditions for 5 years.  And I suspect there are some firms that want that - as many mindless drones with as much "productivity" as they can milk out of them, and other firms that actually want first year associates with the potential to take on more responsiblity sooner. 
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: amityjo on November 14, 2006, 11:57:45 AM
I'll be 35 when I graduate, and I had no problem getting a BigLaw job.
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: Jumboshrimps on November 14, 2006, 12:14:52 PM
Since when was 29 an older than average age to graduate law school? Isn't that about exactly the average?
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Post by: dsnutter on November 14, 2006, 12:38:40 PM
If you are over 35 you cant go into JAG, I believe.
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: RenaldoBalkman on November 14, 2006, 10:38:27 PM
what if you are over 45 and have grey hair or balding? 
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: TheSunDevil on November 15, 2006, 05:48:35 AM
what if you are over 45 and have grey hair or balding? 

They probably already have a steady career and a JD likely only acts as a supplement or increases their job responsibilities in an active career. I doubt many at that age participate in the rat race of finding their first law job or at least finding a position with a large amount of responsibility. Otherwise I'm sure there is some fine small firm out there that doesn't care how old you are. 
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: Alamo79 on November 15, 2006, 06:33:02 PM
I know a partner at a local small firm who was a shipbuilder until 40, then went to law school and now runs a small-town firm.

I'll be 30 at graduation, and I think it's a fine age.
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: grotius on November 16, 2006, 04:10:46 AM
Age can only help. Two of the offers I have for a summer associate position are from firms who ONLY interview candidates with work experience prior to law school. Apparently more and more firms are doing this. Most of my 2L classmates who don't have offers at the moment went straight through undergrad to law school and are quite young. Age and experience are a definite plus.
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: josejanseco on November 17, 2006, 12:02:31 AM
Age can only help. Two of the offers I have for a summer associate position are from firms who ONLY interview candidates with work experience prior to law school. Apparently more and more firms are doing this. Most of my 2L classmates who don't have offers at the moment went straight through undergrad to law school and are quite young. Age and experience are a definite plus.

Are you high?  Of course age can hurt.  Some of these places don't give a @#!* about your work experience, they just want young strong-backed workers, preferably white and male (once they've filled their quotas).  Who do you think a firm can squeeze more blood out of?  A 25 year old, or a 33 year old?  Who on average is going to have more health problems?  Who might start being more concerned about his or her children or spouse?  It's rotten and illegal, but some of these firms do it anyhow! 
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: TheSunDevil on November 17, 2006, 05:37:23 AM
Age can only help. Two of the offers I have for a summer associate position are from firms who ONLY interview candidates with work experience prior to law school. Apparently more and more firms are doing this. Most of my 2L classmates who don't have offers at the moment went straight through undergrad to law school and are quite young. Age and experience are a definite plus.

Are you high?  Of course age can hurt.  Some of these places don't give a f**ck about your work experience, they just want young strong-backed workers, preferably white and male (once they've filled their quotas).  Who do you think a firm can squeeze more blood out of?  A 25 year old, or a 33 year old?  Who on average is going to have more health problems?  Who might start being more concerned about his or her children or spouse?  It's rotten and illegal, but some of these firms do it anyhow! 

25 vs 33? maybe 25 vs 45.

Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: up_late on January 12, 2007, 07:41:05 PM
If you graduate from law school at age 29, no employer of any type will bat an eyelash at your age.  It's completely normal.  If you graduate at 45, then yes, you will be different from the typical new grad, and then employment depends on all sorts of factors, including the type of work you want to do and the type of experience you've had.
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: rev on January 13, 2007, 10:24:53 AM
what if you are over 45 and have grey hair or balding? 


have you been stalking me, you bastard?  :D

i'm 46, my career services office (as well as the guerrila tactics book) recommended that i use a functional resume rather than a chronological one, and leave all references to dates and number of years experience off of it.

i look a lot younger than my age, so it shouldnt be a problem, unless i'm asked specifically, which is an illegal interview question -- and if they are concerned enough to ask, they probably dont want me anyway

i intend to probably do government rather than firm law anyway, which makes it even less of an issue
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: LALaw04 on March 05, 2007, 10:22:55 PM
Age can be a benefit to you if you have the right attitude.  Experience can really help.
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: petronius on March 08, 2007, 07:55:11 PM
Do you think being too young limits your options as well? I'm on track to get my jd at 23, will my youth hinder my chances at finding a good job/clerkship?
Title: Re: Does age limit law career options?
Post by: up_late on March 20, 2007, 06:57:20 PM
Many 23-year-olds graduating from my law school have great jobs lined up.  The ones with problems are those who leapt into law school too early, when they weren't fully committed to getting a law degree and being a lawyer.  You just have to assess your own maturity.