Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

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Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Pistolen08 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:43 pm

Hi everyone!

I'll lay out all my info and hopefully someone can suggest a program that fits my needs. I'm interested in either space law or something law related in the nuclear sector- I'm a scientist at heart :)

I haven't been able to find much in my areas of interest, so any suggestions would be very helpful (both domestic and international).

Junior at Florida State University
Japanese (Business Management Concentration), Economics double major
Cumulative 3.73 GPA
Currently spending 1 year studying Japanese and International Law+Business at Hiroshima University in Japan
Kaplan Diagnostic LSAT - 163 (not much preparation, aiming for 168 on the real thing)
3 years work experience in network/system administration and 2 years of part time pharmacy work

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Pistolen08 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:28 pm

bump

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Z3RO » Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:33 pm

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Pistolen08 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:00 pm

Z3RO wrote:_

I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean. Please stick to relevant replies if you plan on contributing.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby colemf » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:09 pm

If I were you i would look at companies that deal with these issue and then look at their general councel office and find out were they went to school, you could even email them. Of course for space law i would look into UH seeing as NASA is like down the road.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Cupidity » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:14 pm

the best school in your range is Emory.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Bert » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:16 pm

I think I am gonna have to agree with Z3RO on this one.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Helmholtz » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:17 pm

According to US News and World Report, Willamette and Mercer top the list for their Space Law Specialty Rankings.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby MoS » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:24 pm

I have heard mississippi state and nebraska have noted space law programs. Though, space law really is in existence.

But neither of those are really where you want to go. I would suggest trying for Texas. They have an interesting national security clinic. I figure anything thing that is interesting in the space or nuclear agency would have to do with national security. Texas is also a pretty good school and will get you places miss st and nebraska won't.

Also, the "scientist at heart" statement suggests you should look at patent/IP law.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Aeon » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:24 pm

Your profile doesn't seem to be very science-oriented, to be honest. The number of corporations (and law firms with which they deal) that primarily engage in space or nuclear activities is not large, and I imagine that they would prefer to hire an attorney with advanced prior knowledge in the field, such as a Ph.D. in engineering or nuclear physics. I suppose that you could also look into working with the federal government in its role as a regulator of space and nuclear activity. You might also consider aiming for an energy provider that uses nuclear power plants; you would likely not start out working on matters dealing with its nuclear operations, but as you gain seniority, you might get that chance.

Regardless, you would be best served by attending the best law school that you can get into. Try to raise your GPA as much as you can and ace the LSAT. Consider that the field of space/nuclear law is a very specialized and small one and the likelihood of actually practicing full-time in it is minute. Attending a top law school increases your chances, though. Good luck.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby MDPSteve » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:04 pm

Pistolen08 wrote:Hi everyone!

I'll lay out all my info and hopefully someone can suggest a program that fits my needs. I'm interested in either space law or something law related in the nuclear sector- I'm a scientist at heart :)

I haven't been able to find much in my areas of interest, so any suggestions would be very helpful (both domestic and international).

Junior at Florida State University
Japanese (Business Management Concentration), Economics double major
Cumulative 3.73 GPA
Currently spending 1 year studying Japanese and International Law+Business at Hiroshima University in Japan
Kaplan Diagnostic LSAT - 163 (not much preparation, aiming for 168 on the real thing)
3 years work experience in network/system administration and 2 years of part time pharmacy work

Thanks for your help!


May not be what you're looking for but Villanova has a 3-year joint J.D./LL.M. in conjunction with the University of Leiden. Awarding a J.D. from Villanova and an LL.M. (Adv.) in Air and Space Law from University of Leiden.

http://www.law.villanova.edu/Academics/ ... udies.aspx

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby ToTransferOrNot » Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:36 am

Flame. If not flame, then teh lulz.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby singingvontrapp » Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:05 pm

Unless t14 then the next best course of action is to go to a law school in the area where you want to practice.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby lostjake » Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:09 pm

In a comic book.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby bilbobaggins » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:36 pm

Aeon wrote:Your profile doesn't seem to be very science-oriented, to be honest. The number of corporations (and law firms with which they deal) that primarily engage in space or nuclear activities is not large, and I imagine that they would prefer to hire an attorney with advanced prior knowledge in the field, such as a Ph.D. in engineering or nuclear physics. I suppose that you could also look into working with the federal government in its role as a regulator of space and nuclear activity. You might also consider aiming for an energy provider that uses nuclear power plants; you would likely not start out working on matters dealing with its nuclear operations, but as you gain seniority, you might get that chance.

Regardless, you would be best served by attending the best law school that you can get into. Try to raise your GPA as much as you can and ace the LSAT. Consider that the field of space/nuclear law is a very specialized and small one and the likelihood of actually practicing full-time in it is minute. Attending a top law school increases your chances, though. Good luck.


This is false. There are several biglaw firms that deal with defense/nuclear issues. I have a good friend with two masters in nuclear related fields and extensive work as a government expert on nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism. You know what biglaw told him when he came knocking with his T14 degree? "We'd rather have someone with top grades and no experience than medium grades and a ton of experience."

Go to the best school you can get into and go from there.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby oberlin08 » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:38 pm

Work for the government, then jump to the private sector

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby MTal » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:39 pm

You should write a law review article concerning the legal ramifications of the Death Star destroying the planet Alderaan.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Anonymous Loser » Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:38 pm

MTal wrote:You should write a law review article concerning the legal ramifications of the Death Star destroying the planet Alderaan.


This may be preempted. See Hon. Alex Kozinski, Book Review, Gore Wars, 100 Mich. L. Rev. 1742, 1754 (2002) (noting that calls to increase environmental regulation "come swaddled in dire pronouncements from the usual suspects and carry the imprimatur of some scientific-sounding group ready to vouch that this crisis will cause as much damage to Earth as the Death Star did to the planet Alderaan").

edit: See also id. at 1749 ("[O]ur forests are not disappearing, in fact they're making a comeback strong enough to satisfy any Ewok.").

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby MTal » Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:22 pm

Anonymous Loser wrote:
MTal wrote:You should write a law review article concerning the legal ramifications of the Death Star destroying the planet Alderaan.


This may be preempted. See Hon. Alex Kozinski, Book Review, Gore Wars, 100 Mich. L. Rev. 1742, 1754 (2002) (noting that calls to increase environmental regulation "come swaddled in dire pronouncements from the usual suspects and carry the imprimatur of some scientific-sounding group ready to vouch that this crisis will cause as much damage to Earth as the Death Star did to the planet Alderaan").

edit: See also id. at 1749 ("[O]ur forests are not disappearing, in fact they're making a comeback strong enough to satisfy any Ewok.").


Of course, it would be Kozinski.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Anonymous Loser » Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:00 pm

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Pistolen08 » Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:37 am

Thanks (some of you) for the replies. I am still researching different programs, but it seems as though there aren't many opportunities for this kind of work. From what I have read so far, I think my best bet is either nuclear environmental law through Navy JAG or trying to secure a job with an existing power company or perhaps the DoD. I am trying to not limit myself to staying in the US (I know France has a large nuclear power program), but I will aim for a T14 US school if nothing more specialized comes up and take it from there.

With the development of small reactors such as the Toshiba 4S, I know this field is going to be huge in the coming years. I'm not sure why some of you think I'm flaming. I can assure you I'm completely serious.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby Holly Golightly » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:09 am

For starters, you should aim much higher than a 168 with a 163 diagnostic.

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby burtonrideclub » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:55 am

Have you considered Bird Law?

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby waxloaf » Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:42 am

Holly Golightly wrote:For starters, you should aim much higher than a 168 with a 163 diagnostic.


correct, crush the lsat, go to a top school, then figure out where the space law jobs are

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Re: Not sure where to begin looking (space/nuclear law)

Postby holydonkey » Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:52 am

Dual JD/ME in Space Engineering, Atmospheric/Space Science, or Nuclear Engineering at Michigan?

http://aoss.engin.umich.edu/pages/graduate/sgus_space
http://aoss.engin.umich.edu/pages/gradu ... tmospheric
http://www-ners.engin.umich.edu/

Just make sure you pick up these classes before you graduate:

Astrodynamics, Propulsion, Launch Vehicles, Space Science, Computer Control and Data Handling, Plasma Electrodynamics and Sensors, Instrumentation and Sensor Payloads, Telemetry and Spacecraft Communications




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