Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

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Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by Indecision » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:33 pm

Hello,

I am not sure if this is universal. I have read a number of articles that suggested Large (big Law) tend to avoid hiring older new attorneys (Older meaning 35+). Is there any truth to this? Does anyone have any experience that they can speak of?
I've read that many recruiters tell people this because older new attorneys have family and other responsibilities, however, I'm single with no children,

I'm studying for the LSAT currently, I'm 33, I will be 35 if I actually admit to a Law School.
Thank you,

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by UVA2B » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:41 pm

I was hired as a 35+ prospective big law hire. I have no idea if my age/experience helped or hurt me, but it worked out for me.

How is this different than your previous posts?

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by Indecision » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:48 pm

UVA2B wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:41 pm
I was hired as a 35+ prospective big law hire. I have no idea if my age/experience helped or hurt me, but it worked out for me.

How is this different than your previous posts?
Well Its more specific to this question. What did you do prior to law school?

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by Nony » Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:11 am

It’s not a real issue. Don’t act like you wouldn’t be able to work for someone younger than you, or like you think you should be able to move ahead more quickly by virtue of your age, and you’ll be fine.

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by pancakes3 » Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:33 am

the only way age will be a factor in your hiring is if you're going to be weird and self conscious about it during your screener/callback. being 35 will not preclude you from being chained to a computer and being farmed for billables just the same as a 24 y/o KJD.

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by Story » Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:18 am

Not that I know of. I actually think being older and married tends to slightly help you in getting hired and even promoted. Based on purely anecdotal evidence. I don’t have stats or anything.

As others said, don’t make it a thing and it won’t be a thing.

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by Slytherpuff » Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:28 am

Nope, my V30 absolutely hires new associates in their 30s. I work closely with two associate who were in their mid or late 30s when they graduated law school, and my summer associate mentee was in their 30s as well. It will not be a thing at all.

To be blunt - did you actually read articles that suggested that big law avoids hiring older associates (which is not the case at all from my experience and from seeing where my older classmates ended up after law school), or is this just something you're speculating on that you're using as another excuse to get in your head about this? Your age will not be an issue in law school or in your career.

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by BostonRob » Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:52 pm

Nah, nobody gives a shit. I think that's a "back in the day" thing with law firms but isn't the case anymore.

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by Indecision » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:14 am

Slytherpuff wrote:
Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:28 am
Nope, my V30 absolutely hires new associates in their 30s. I work closely with two associate who were in their mid or late 30s when they graduated law school, and my summer associate mentee was in their 30s as well. It will not be a thing at all.

To be blunt - did you actually read articles that suggested that big law avoids hiring older associates (which is not the case at all from my experience and from seeing where my older classmates ended up after law school), or is this just something you're speculating on that you're using as another excuse to get in your head about this? Your age will not be an issue in law school or in your career.
I don’t mind bluntness.


Yes I did actually read a few articles. It wasn’t anything I made up.

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by pancakes3 » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:37 am

link please.

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by Nony » Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:35 am

(And anything related to Harrison Barnes/BCGSearch doesn’t count.)

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by Jubo » Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:51 pm

it almost certainly is some lawcrossing bs

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by Slytherpuff » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:30 pm

The articles lied to you, Indecision. You can still be a summer associate in big law in your late 30s if that's what you want.

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by Indecision » Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:41 pm

Jubo wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:51 pm
it almost certainly is some lawcrossing bs


Law crossing did have an article about it. So I take it that site is not often reliable?

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Re: Do Large Firms avoid hiring older new attorney?

Post by icechicken » Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:42 pm

Indecision wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:41 pm
Jubo wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:51 pm
it almost certainly is some lawcrossing bs


Law crossing did have an article about it. So I take it that site is not often reliable?
Lawcrossing is basically just marketing copy. Worse than useless.

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