« on: October 14, 2008, 06:03:41 PM »
ABSOLUTELY agree that there is a bias, particularly against "older" women. I'm 34, (whic isn't that old right? ) but I was a stay at home mom for 12 yrs. I applied to 6 firms, got 6 interviews, no callbacks. (I have law review, top grades, externed at state COA as a 1L etc) I would think it was just me (and it still might be, who knows) but I had one guy just be rude about me staying at home with my kids. This seems illogical to me, since I don't think I'm behind the 24 yr olds, who were 12 at the time and not getting any work experience either! I have 5 other female friends in a similar situation. Those that received callbacks (not sure on offers) were the young and single and also the ones who come to me for help and advice on a daily basis. I wasn't even sure I wanted that life, so I'm fine with the way it's worked out. Some of the people that were "chosen" were the LAST people I would want to work with, so that says something about the firm for me. Good luck in finding the right place, it will all work out!