if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

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if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

Postby ladyinred88 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:33 am

If you meet the requirements to be admitted to a Top 14, or be waitlisted at one, but you are in your early 30s, when you apply, does that give you a disadvantage over younger applicants. Does the Top 14, admit students who are over 30 when they apply. Just havent heard of many.

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Re: if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

Postby The Mixed Tape » Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:36 am

ladyinred88 wrote:If you meet the requirements to be admitted to a Top 14, or be waitlisted at one, but you are in your early 30s, when you apply, does that give you a disadvantage over younger applicants.

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Re: if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

Postby TFALAWL » Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:20 am

Age discrimination is illegal.

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Re: if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:22 am

Only if someone's over 40.

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Re: if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

Postby landshoes » Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:46 am

It helps to have a reason for wanting to go to law school now, instead of five years ago. That reason should also be something that will not make law schools seriously worry about your ability to: 1) successfully complete law school and 2) be employed 9 months after you graduate.

If you were born in '88 you should consider applying now, rather than waiting 2+ years, though. Sorry if I'm reading too much into things.

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Re: if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

Postby cavalier1138 » Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:10 am

I'm going to be 31 when I start in the fall (and come from a very non-traditional background). I was only rejected from Harvard this cycle, so I think you'll have a pretty good shot.

Feel free to PM me if you have questions about applying as an older student, because it's definitely something I think you need to address head-on in your applications.

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Re: if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

Postby L_William_W » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:58 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:Only if someone's over 40.


I attended CUNY Law School in NYC. I knew a lady in her mid-50's (we had a falling out over our different political opinions). She passed the NY bar on her first attempt. I guess that you can use your age to your advantage by showing that you have life experience.

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Re: if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:07 am

L_William_W wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:Only if someone's over 40.


I attended CUNY Law School in NYC. I knew a lady in her mid-50's (we had a falling out over our different political opinions). She passed the NY bar on her first attempt. I guess that you can use your age to your advantage by showing that you have life experience.

Sorry, to be clear, I was responding to the post above mine, that said that age discrimination is illegal - age discrimination is only illegal if someone is over 40. I wasn't responding to the OP. (Personally I don't think being an older applicant makes any difference as long as you can put together a good application.)

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Re: if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

Postby Claire93 » Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:18 am

For sure, it would be even the benefit if you can use it correctly. The main thing is your experience and knowledge.

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Re: if you are an older applicant, does that hurt

Postby Clearly » Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:33 am

Age usually comes with work experience. For as over the top as this site can get, I actually don't think they even value work experience enough, for either admissions or oci.



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