Hello, TLS! I've looked at the school profiles and statistic pages for a few weeks now, so I figured I would finally join the forums. Of all of the message boards I've scoured, this one seems like I'd have the best discussions / most helpful responses, so here goes.
I currently have a year left of undergrad and I'm strongly considering law school. My degree will be from Purdue University in chemistry (with an English minor). The only branch of law I'm interested in is intellectual property law. I saw a funny post about "The Six Wrong Reasons to go to Law School" and I can proudly say I didn't consider this path for any of those reasons. I truly think chemistry is interesting, and I thoroughly enjoy reading about novel pursuits in the field (and, of course, the patent potential for each of said pursuits).
I'm not exactly worried about my GPA or my LSAT score. I have work experience and I'm a very effective writer, which will help take the pressure off when it comes to the numbers. I'm not trying to be arrogant or anything - I've just had a really rough go at it when it comes to my undergraduate career, and although I can't erase my past I intend to do all I can to tell law schools I'm cut out for their curriculum.
ALL of that said, I don't really know where to start looking. Try as I might I can't seem to find a comprehensive list of schools that are especially good at patent law. I prefer urban settings, and I really want to go to the east coast (because I heard from a rather reliable source that the east coast is pharmaceutical-specialized and west coast is engineering-specialized as far as the IP goes). So this spurs a few questions:
1. Is it even worth looking for a school that specializes in IP law? That is, can I go to a law school that's ranked (for example) 40th and get the exact same out of it as I would at the 50th ranked school that's T10 in IP law?
2. What are some schools (as far as reach / middle / sure thing) I could be looking at that I'm definitely not right now?
3. Are there any schools that have gained a reputation for giving people with low GPA's a chance (perhaps a probational admission as in other graduate programs) to prove themselves?
Thanks for your help in advance!
1. Specialty rankings don't mean anything.
2. I can't tell you without a GPA/LSAT
3. not sure.
On another note. You should be worried about your GPA and LSAT. No matter what your work experience and writing skills are schools only really care about your hard numbers (GPA/LSAT). The other things will help if you are already on the cusp of admission but nothing makes up for a bad GPA and LSAT
(outside of URM status).
Having said that, The best IP schools are arguable Stanford and Boalt. This is somewhat a function of geography because they are near silicon valley and many of the largest IP firms are based there. However, it is not hard to find a job in IP coming for any T14 and to a lesser extent the T25.