Does Age Matter Landing A Job In A Large Law Firm
[00:00:00] Do you think age, being an older law school graduate, mid-thirties or forties can negatively affect my chances of landing a large law firm job? Do you think there's any sort of unspoken age hierarchy in larger law firms? The benefits of older, more experienced professionals?
I think one of the issues is, as people start making partner and so forth when they're in their mid-thirties or even before then. The problem is if you're in your mid-thirties and forties, and you're taking orders from people that are younger than you, they may be concerned that you'll have some issues with that. And a lot of times people do, taking orders from people that are younger than you. But, I don't think it's that negative. I think that, your thirties or forties is perfectly fine for getting a job in a large law firm. I see people do it all the time.
The only question is, is if you have the hunger and all that sort of thing. I do think there's benefits of older, more experienced professionals, but at the same time, you may not be friends with all the younger associates and so forth, and that may create issues.
But, I don't see that much of a problem. And I do think that the older and more experience would help you. I think you would probably be much more effective because of that. And that would make you actually a better attorney. So I don't think there's a lot of [00:01:00] discrimination against older people in law firms that are coming out of law school.
I think that your experience is very good. You still need to have the hunger and be bright eyed and bushy tailed. And I think in your mid thirties, you certainly can do that. But you need to have a lot of enthusiasm when you start. And I don't think your mid thirties, early forties are too old to have that.