I am in at Cal and WL at SLS, CLS, NYU, Penn and Chi.
Background: 6 years WE, 3 patents, passed patent bar. Interested in IP and working with govt agencies in developing countries. To combine the two, my long-term goals are to try and assist in build patent regimes in the BRIC countries. Don't laugh.
Based on advice from TLS on my earlier posts and my interest in working and living in the Bay Area at least initially, I have decided to withdraw from the WL at CLS, NYU, Penn and Chi.
But what about SLS? I was supposed to register last night (last date) to take the June 2012 LSAT to try and get off the WL at SLS. Because of a lot of personal issues in my family life right now, I haven't even begun studying for a retake though - intended to start today. Bottomline is, involved with family issues, I clean forgot to register last night, woke up at 5 am this morning in a panic, and find the deadline has passed as LSAC said. So they don't leave the register website open for the weekend just to be nice, huh?
My question is, and I am only trying to make myself feel better about missing an opportunity - however small - to go to SLS, would SLS really provide that big of a bump to me over Cal? I know for clerkships or academia it would, but for initially patent biglaw and then govt? I guess the difference is I could do much worse at SLS than Cal and end up at the same place later - that is mainly the benefit.
What do you think?
OP, what exactly are you trying to do with your career? You talk a good game about BRIC or whatever it is you're on about. For that, you don't need a law degree at all. Go join the UN or some thinktank. Don't waste $250k on a law degree if you are going to become a policy hack. You just need a college degree for that. And a Stanford degree is nice. As is a Georgetown degree. As is a "whatever else" degree. The upside from a JD to your plans about becoming a BRIC-saver is paltry compared to the cost you're about to incur. I don't know what your personal situation is that precludes you from burning more money and time on another LSAT on the off chance that SLS will grant you the ability to pay them a quarter million dollars and expend three years of your life.
But whatever, I'll play along. What exactly do you want out of life in terms of patent law? I don't see the point of you asking "What additional benefits can SLS bestow upon me over Cal?" What are you going to do with that information? Create new goals? That seems like an ass-backwards way of going about goal-setting. You don't draw a bulls-eye around wherever your arrow lands. You aim at a goal and then go for it. That's the more logical approach. So please distill for us exactly what you want 5, 10, 20 years out of a JD. And please spare us the BRIC-crap. Anyone who tells you to waste $250k and 3 years of your life getting an irrelevant diploma toward being a BRIC-saver has lost their mind. A JD is as relevant to BRIC-saving as a PhD in International Affairs, i.e. both irrelevant.