Biglaw_Associate_V20 wrote:NorCalLaw wrote:siddhishah wrote:Thanks for your reply. Yeah I am making six figures in Arizona but this is not what I want to do for rest of my life. The Code I write can be pretty much outsourced to someone in India or China for 1/4th of my salary. I may not get anywhere in life being an engineer unless I am genius or start my own business.
As far as my writing skills go, I am taking legal writing course online right now and preparing myself about how to take law school essay exams. Deciding school has become really difficult for me. I have 1k deposit due on 1st June and I can't waste any more money on deposits.
- I do want to start school this year - Options: GWU, Santa Clara Or ASU
- All three have part time program. Also being part time student, I won't be leaving my current job. My boss said, I can work remotely for my current job from wherever I decide to go.
- Hoping to get patent agent/tech advisor job either in DC or Bay after taking patent bar in July
- My worry is if I am not in top 20% of class, are my chances better to get good job as attorney if I am from Santa Clara or GWU?
Thanks again guys for your help,
You know, while your background makes you competitive for one of the few "growing" areas of law (patent), I think you'd be crazy to walk away from a $100k+ salary to enter the legal field. You say that your coding could be outsourced, but the fact of the matter is that programmers are actually in demand, while lawyers are NOT and are also being outsourced/replaced in many ways. The reality is that the US does not produce enough programmers to meet the demand of employers, but produces a large excess of attorneys. Given what I know about both of these fields today, I think you would be crazy to go to law school under any circumstances.
I have a lot of friends in programming, and while they are often overworked, they have incredible job security/competitiveness, ongoing earning potential that doesn't drop off after 5-7 years, and they can often work from home and/or manage their work in a meaningful fashion. Most active, private-practice attorneys are more or less "on-call" in some manner for the majority of their career.
Patent law is not "growing." HTH
OK well as of last year there are more patents being filed and (generally) more litigation taking place, you can characterize that as you choose. Your condescension is noted and ignored, HTH.
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