Anonymous User wrote:
mikes82 wrote:1. How would a background as a military officer (within special operations forces, to be exact) be viewed by most firms? Is it possible one could be pigeonholed because of his /that background, or would it be viewed somewhat favorably?
2. Ties into the above question, would that background help better explain one's age during the hiring process? And provided one had received a T6 degree, prior to joining the military, would that degree lose worth as time went on (in other words, would that individual's law degree be viewed as being somewhat lesser than a recent graduate when hiring?)?
So just to be clear, you have a law degree from a top school and then went to the special operations forces and now want to work in biglaw? Background will be interesting and not viewed poorly, I do not think anyone would discriminate against you during the interview process. If your grades are good then it will be fine. The one problem will be why did you get a law degree then go to the service and now want to come back out? Should have a good answer for that.
I appreciate the reply, thank you.
I have an explanation, but I'd rather not share it on an open forum. I hope you can understand. Regardless, would you venture to say that potential employers would be interested in that transition in particular?
Also, just to confirm, most law firms wouldn't be dismayed by the fact that I had graduated some years earlier, correct?
I have a few more questions, if you could answer them, it would be much appreciated.
-In your experience, is it fairly common to see incoming associates with military backgrounds? If so, what background did they typically have?
-At your firm, on average, how many years does it take to make equity partner? And what qualities would you say are imperative when it comes to making equity partner?
-What is the average age of most equity partners where you work?
-Excuse me, but how great is the disparity in pay between income/non-equity partners and equity partners at your firm? What would you say most income partners are taking home and how does that compare to the equity partners? Is there anyone at your firm making high 7's, possibly low 8's? If you don't want to provide figures, I completely understand.
-How was your work/life balance when you first started, and how is it now? Did your job hinder your relationship with your wife and children?
-If you had any advice for someone who sought to make partner, what would it be and why?
I may have a few questions later, or I might not. Either way, I just wanted to say thank you again for taking the time out to do this.