« on: January 30, 2009, 05:32:58 AM »
Most people in biglaw (and lawschool for that matter) have a couple years of work experience before law school. Often, that work experience is what gets them hired because it's relevant to something the firm does. Nobody pretends the hours are great, but some people actually enjoy being a lawyer (gasp!). If you enjoy what you do it's not so bad.
How much does it matter when interviewing what your prior experience is? Could the argument be made that any real experience is better than no experience? I am having a career shift and going from Social Work to law and am interested in Biglaw. I am wondering how much my social work experience will help or hinder my chances at getting a biglaw job. I am planning on doing all the extra stuff that firms like. Any thoughts?