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February 9, 2012 7:15 PM

The Careerist: First-Year Associate at 53

Posted by Vivia Chen

We got a slew of mail on our post ("Too Old for Law School?") about whether a middle-aged government relations professional should go to law school. Readers generally were not encouraging; they warned about taking on an onerous debt and the shadow of age discrimination in the job market.

But Barbara Griff, who graduated in 1996 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (magna cum laude) in her fifties, offers a different take. Now a legal recruiter, Griff worked as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, later moving to Loeb & Loeb's New York office.

So what was it like to be the oldest law student in the classroom? And how hard was it for her to land a Big Law job? Griff gives us the inside scoop.


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