Non-Chalant1 wrote:That was a very valuable read and as you can see from sherp...it's crazy the amount of mixed signals out there. Because apparently our age is a benefit, but everyone else has been telling us otherwise. Like literally telling us to go do Teach For America, Peace Corps, etc., just because. (Mind you I would do these things just because Teach For America is something my hometown needs). I'm more inclined to believe you guys now after conferring with my father. He also talks about resentment about younger "fresh-faced" kids being older workers' superiors. That was a good convo you guys had there. I wish you all the best, I see that you said you have a family. How do you plan on managing the work/life balance when you're done with law school? Just something I've been thinking about in regards to the future...though I don't plan on starting a family until I'm a little younger than you are right now anyway.
Life sure is crazy with its mixed signals, isn't it? I'm going to start letting everyone know that they'll get into better schools with no work experience on their resume. And that their first real job interview should be the one that determines their ability to pay down over 200 thousand dollars of debt.
The takeaway for you guys (who are coming straight from UG) in that excerpt excerpt is that many big law firms want kids who they can cram through their 80 hour a week program without them questioning the hours or their activities. You're a good fit for these jobs as long as you're mature enough to take orders without whining. That's a clear advantage in the hiring process over non-trads who have other life experience to draw on - as you can see, that experience raises plenty of questions during the interview process compared with people coming straight from UG, who are viewed as a blank slate. Non-traditionals unfortunately have to find firms that can deal with the fact that we already have lives.