jim-green wrote:Combine my technical background with a law degree will give me a boost in the rat race I think, learning a new subject and being in class again, potentially more $$ when I graduate over the next 20 years (my current raises are only cost-of-living if any, move out of this small town we are in, get into a job that cannot be outsourced as easily as engineering, and maybe make a difference to my parent's home country (in the 3rd world). Some of these reasons probably are not good or sound silly, I mean not worth taking such a financial hit for.dixiecupdrinking wrote:Why are you going?
First, rat race. You're going from one rat race to another. And the rats in the patent law rat race are vicious. Law school ain't about learning unless you're at Yale Law. It's about graduating in the top 10-25% if you're at a t14 and in the top 5% everywhere else.
Second, money. More $$ when you graduate? What are you talking about? Doing what? Making partner? Do you know that 1-4% of law graduates make partner? Do you know how deep you'll be in debt? And if you have $250k lying around, do you realize how much that money could compound into over 40 years versus blowing it all on a JD?
Third, your aim at revolutionizing a third-world country (BRIC, let me guess - India?). See my above post. Law school is the dumbest idea toward this goal. Why the fudge are you going to try and learn about the latest developments in the law of prosecution history disclaimer and how that is different from estoppel, as one step on your path toward saving a third-world country? Spare us and yourself this garbage diploma you're pursuing and go do what you want now.
Don't save up sex for old age. Go do that BRIC-crap now.
One last comment. You are not special as an engineer with a JD. There are TONS of those. And you won't be any more special coming from Yale. The value-added of your diploma, you will find, will fade away dramatically after your first job. Then, it's about working 60-hour weeks, kissing the right asses, getting lucky, and not burning out - all while knowing that there's only so long you can linger at a firm without getting the boot.