kalvano wrote:A little off-topic, but a question for Jazz and others who have been through OCI - I was talking with the hiring partners from a couple of local firms, and they indicated that older students with other work experience were preferred. These were smaller firms, but they still pay market or close to it. By smaller, I mean 25-45 lawyers. When you say older students are at a disadvantage, is that strictly for Biglaw firms?
It seemed as if they preferred older people because they didn't need as much hand-holding and had worked a real job before, so they felt they could get going more easily. I'm assuming in a smaller firm like that, you do less shit work and are expected to do more sooner.
Both of my job offers were from small boutiques, so my experience is consistent with your suggestion. One of my offers is from a very selective litigation boutique that expects associates to take on a lot of responsibility early in their careers. I felt the most discrimination at large, prestigious firms, where doc review is the norm for a new associate. Those kind of firms seemed very fratty to me, and many of the interviewers were younger than I am. Despite having good grades and LR, I only received one callback from a V100, and during an interview with two attorneys at that firm, the pretty associate kept fawning over the middle-age partner. They talked to each other more than they talked to me. It really felt like a frat party, and I couldn't wait to get the hell out of there.
So, in my experience, smaller firms were much friendlier to me, even the very selective ones (my firm pays above market, so it is quite selective despite the fact that it's not a V100).