Employment for "older" new JDs

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Given his circumstances, what should OP do

Retake, shoot for T14 (or T25 with more cash)
9
82%
Don't retake, stay put
2
18%
 
Total votes: 11

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Employment for "older" new JDs

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:11 pm

Anonymous because I've was accepted somewhere last cycle and granted a deferral, and I don't want them to be offended by my thinking on this topic. Posting in this forum because it deals with employment. That being said:

I'm a URM, and I'm already in with cash at a T25. I was waitlisted at a T14 and a school ranked 15-18. I have $70k in educational debt already, and am sucking wind at the thought of $160k total in debt after graduating from a non-T14 school. I am considering declining my deferral, and retaking the LSAT in the hopes of applying to T14 schools such as Northwestern, Virginia, Cornell, and Georgetown.

Here's the rub. For sure I want to practice law; no conflict about that. However, I'm already in my mid-30s, and am wondering how reticient top law firms and government agencies are about hiring new associates who will be in their late 30s upon graduation, even if they have a T14 degree. I am hoping to get some input on this from attorneys who work for biglaw firms or the federal government, before deciding whether to retake or not.

I've added a poll. If you vote, please share your rationale with me.

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Re: Employment for "older" new JDs

Postby olderapplicant » Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:05 pm

I'm older. I had no problem getting a summer job - both government and biglaw opportunities. Currently at T14.

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Re: Employment for "older" new JDs

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:31 pm

Thanks @olderapplicant. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

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Re: Employment for "older" new JDs

Postby KMaine » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:49 pm

Know four 2Ls over 35 at my T-14. 3 have Biglaw SAs next summer, the other is interested in PI. Of the 3, 1 has IP background, 1 has business background, 1 has education background. From my experience, I think it was a little tougher for me to land my SA than it would have been were I similarly situated but younger.

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Re: Employment for "older" new JDs

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:02 pm

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I have decided to retake. Going big or going home.




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