JazzOne wrote:delusional wrote:JazzOne wrote:I should also note that I came from a teaching job, and it was difficult (i.e., impossible) to tie that into a law career. However, I also had some previous experience managing a mortgage company, so I thought that would help me with the corporate firms. It didn't. They were really suspicious of my career changes, and one partner asked me flat out why I wouldn't be a flight risk for his firm. By that point, I was so tired of the bullshit and rejections, that I just blurted out the truth. I said, "Look, I've made a lot of mistakes in my life, and now I'm fixing them." His jaw hit the ground, and he told me not to say that again in another interview. Then he hired me. Go figure.
I wonder how risky that is in general. Would it work on personal statements and background essays? I kind of struggled with it - I mean, let's be honest, people don't leave undergrad planning to work for seven years, and then uproot their family to go into law. If you're over 30-ish, it's because you either made mistakes and want to correct them, or at least learned some lessons in the school of hard knocks. But you don't want to say that in your applications, do you? because that undermines your whole background, if you're turning your back on it.
This particular partner had a prior career before law. He gave me some advice for the rest of my interviews. He said to respond like this: "I am not a flight risk because I have experienced different fields of work, and now that I have those experiences, I can make a mature choice about what I'd look to do going forward." I'm paraphrasing here. Basically, you need to start acting like a lawyer now. Never admit that you have any professional weaknesses. Always turn them around into a positives.
So safe. So credited. So not as awesome as what you said!