accidentalhippy wrote:Hey there fellow oldies (38 right now, with a 2 year old who's going on 12),
I have a question about 1L summer associateships:
1. Do/did you have one?
2. How did you find it and how early did you start looking (are you even allowed to start looking before 12/1?)?
3. Is/was it paid?
4. How did prospective employers treat your age and/or family responsibilities (primarily for those with kiddos)?
I'm an 0L with a slight long-term planning obsession.
Just to give a different perspective - 38 y.o. 3L with 3 children
1. No, and you should try, but you are very unlikely to get one either. URMS have a little more luck.
2. Started looking on 12/1
3. Ended up working for a prof. It was paid.
4. Hard to say exactly, but I think it had an overall negative impact. I was top 20% with Law Review at a t14 and got 0 callbacks out of about 20 NYC interviews (you can take this for what it is worth, but I am certain that I am an excellent interviewer). Had much better luck in my hometown markets (Boston, Portland Maine, Manchester NH). Though you may have better skills than your younger classmates, that will not impress most employers. You are likely to do less well employment-wise as comared to similarly situated younger classmates. I think that legal employers really like work experience as long as you are under 30 and or if you are in a smaller market, have a science or business background. Please note, I am really happy with my employment outcome, but it was not easy and there were some iffy moments.
Just wanted to give another perspective, I am not one of those "don't go to law school people." Law school is great, and kind of easy. Best of luck.