Anonymous User wrote:I have two offers from NYC V-30ish firms. Will be 36 at bar exam. Anecdotal, but still.
Do you think you would've gotten into a higher ranking firm if you were younger? Why do you think those firms (higher ranking) rejected you?
The second question includes an interesting assumption (i.e., that higher ranking firms have rejected me at the callback level, which is not the case).
Am awaiting results of a V-20 CB and still have a V-25-30 CB, a V-50 CB, and two V-90ish CBs (canceled a mid-law NLJ 350 CB and another V-90 CB based on geographic preferences once my first offer came in). The only one of the first four CBs I've been on to reject me was a V-50 (only takes 10 per summer). I'm barely top-third at DCNG, so I don't think I've underperformed (if anything, perhaps slightly over-performed). I've also had multiple interviewers, including one at a V-15, tell me they wished people would take much more time off before law school. That firm didn't call me back, but it was only based on my missing the grade cutoff (was told this directly).
Would I have gotten into a higher ranking firm if I were younger? No idea. But if my GPA had been 0.04 higher, I would have had a V-15 callback at a firm that offers a high percentage of their callbacks. I think as long as you still come across as quite energetic and ready to work very hard (and your resume and grades attest to that), then age, probably up to about my age +/- 3-5 years (e.g., 30-40) is a neutral that can be either positive or negative depending on how you spin it and how you come across.