Some say yes, some say no, some say the work experience is actually a plus. Thoughts?
at big firms, ageism could be an issue for those 30 and over who are just starting out (most big firms tend to recruit people in their 20s for entry level).
Coming out of retirement to address this one. I turned 30 my first semester of 1L, and am doing NYC biglaw now for my 2L summer. My sense was that maybe, possibly my age and experience hurt a little during OCI - but I still ended up at my 1st choice firm. More importantly, my age and experience have DEFINITELY been to my advantage this summer, and while there's the occasional weird "you're 25 and giving me assignments" moment, it's generally been an amazing experience.
My sense is that women in their 30s are at a disadvantage at OCI. My sample was quite small, so take that with lots of salt.