I am a Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin in Orlando and I'm highly considering going to law school to become a patent attorney.
I graduated from UF with a 3.16 GPA in Computer Engineering, and I am taking the LSAT in December. I have about 5 years experience as a professional software engineer, and I will have about 10 by the time I graduate from a part time law program.
I have a house and job in Orlando, meaning that I can't move, so I have 2 choices for law school: FAMU and Barry.
I have a few questions about how all of this works:
1) I know my GPA is kind of low but its an engineering degree and I have a good bit of professional experience, will that help me in the app process?
2) What type of LSAT scores should I shoot for to get into these programs? Both seem to be lower tier, and I dont think admissions standards are that great. If I choose Barry I will def be going for some scholarship money tho, b/c that is a big chunk of change. I will be busting my tail the next 3 months to pass the test, but a number to shoot for would be nice.
3) Both schools are accredited, but FAMU has a really low Bar passage rate, while Barry's is pretty nice. However, FAMU has much better facilities. Are Bar passage rates really that much of a determining factor when looking for jobs that it would be worthwhile for me to pay the extra money to go to Barry?
Do well on the LSAT, get into UF, get a shitty studio apartment for the week, go home on the weekends. Don't go to Barry or FAMU.