I have read of the covert age discrimination among law firms, mainly big law. When looking at bios of the lawyers in larger firms with websites in my city, I see just about all of the attorneys went to law school straight out of undergrad. I only saw one older career changer, and he worked in the business side of his field before studying law. How would a male graduating LS at 43 get hired? Does it have to be related in some way to my previous career, which I dislike? Are grades the ticket to a law job? This actually worries me more than the LS study schedule. I don't want to be left holding 90K in debt without a chance to practice law.
I would like to believe you very much that it's just a question of numbers in spite of what lawyers will tell you under their breath. Do you have any concrete examples of the methods non-trads used to get jobs? Blogs, websites, etc.? Hey, I'm all for optimism too but with a dash of reality as well.
Check out my thread "99% sure..." I recently gave up the whole law school thing for many reasons, but one of those reasons was that I'm 35, would be almost 39 when I graduated LS, and know the field is age-o-phobic. Plus, I've been in the working world long enough to know that working 60-80 hrs a week is insane and NEVER worth it, which is what many firms would require. If you're an older student, even if you WANTED to work those hours, it would be very hard to get hired at a large firm. (Incidentally, I work 35 hours a week, without exception, and make as much as many public interest lawyers). And without that kind of (big law) experience, you can forget about working for a nonprofit or something, which is what I wanted to do. Not trying to discourage you, but I would think long and hard (realistically) about what your job prospects are at 43 in the field of law. Good luck, in any event.
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