I am NOT in the top of my class and at over 40, I have firms offering me summer positions. I have not had to look. Then again, I am not taking any of them because I want to take summer school and finish earlier. Your value comes with your experiences and with the assumed difficulties you will experience as an older law student. But lest you think you are ancient or something... our class average this year was at 29. We have a half dozen over 45 just in my section. the other section has someone over 60. All job prospects are tough... may as well be doing what you want to do!
I am 36, about to start (Fall 2010) as a 1L, graduating a bit before 40.With my BS/MBA and 18 years of work experience in the financial services industry, I hope I am making the right choice. Time will tell.
I recently turned 30 and I'm considering changing careers.
I'll be competing with law school grads who are in their mid 20s.
How badly will my age affect my chances? Lets assume I graduate from a top 30 school in the top 10% of my class.
I know the type of law I choose to pursue will play a major factor. Ideally I'd like to become an environmental lawyer, either at a non-profit such as the NRDC or at a large firm advising corporations on environmental law. I'm open to other fields of law as well so if I have a better shot landing a job in another field please let me know.