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Sergio

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Some say yes, some say no, some say the work experience is actually a plus.  Thoughts? 

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Some say yes, some say no, some say the work experience is actually a plus.  Thoughts? 

I was about that age when I started law school. Age, so far, has been a non-issue job wise for me. Granted though, I have not focused much on big law, mostly becuase I'm too old/have to much experince to put up with being a peon again, I did my time sucking up, did it one summer in law school, just not willing to do it for a job anymore.
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I hope not....

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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).

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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).

Sorry, this is just not true.  I just graduated, am 30 and have a biglaw job.  My age was not at issue at all during interviews - at least I have to presume its not given I had a number of callbacks and offers from bigger firms.  Its all about your personality etc and how you will fit.  That said, if you were 60 maybe there would be a problme, but I'd like to think that at least at the firm I am at, this wouldn't be an issue either.

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Well, 30 is a little different from 33.  You started law school at 27, only making you 2 or 3 years older than the average age.  Still, your point is probably true.

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 :D...30 is the new 65.

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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. 
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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.
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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.

I have heard this. I've heard people recommend that you 'forget' to wear your ring (if there's a ring) on the day of your interviews. Sad but true.