Duke JD/MS

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collegebum1989
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Duke JD/MS

Postby collegebum1989 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:44 am

I've recently been interested in Duke's combined degree program which allows you to obtain both degrees in 3 years, and I'm interested in completing the MS in electrical engineering to pursue a career in patent law.

I have an engineering undergrad background (BME) and at a professional masters in BME currently. I have a great deal of engineering research experience, and will be doing a fellowship next year before law school.

Since the JD/MS allows for a more focused personal statement. Would it be beneficial to use this as an opportunity to develop my personal statement around this? Would this perhaps increase my chances of being admitted into the JD program since theres only one application. So in effect, would applying for JD/MS differentiate me from other JD applicants during the JD admissions process.

I ask because I understand an engineering background is not the norm for law school admissions and the major has a marginal effect on admissions other than GPA. Do schools take a more holistic admissions process for combined degree applicants?

collegebum1989
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Re: Duke JD/MS

Postby collegebum1989 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:34 pm

I'm still curious, anyone please chime in!

law_app_noob
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Re: Duke JD/MS

Postby law_app_noob » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:58 pm

I know this is an old post, but did you by chance end up applying to this? I just submitted my app for the JD/MS in electrical engineering and haven't been able to find anyone else applying for that particular combined degree.

collegebum1989
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Re: Duke JD/MS

Postby collegebum1989 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:58 pm

Decided against applying for it. From what others have said, getting an advanced technical degree means that you will be given patent work will be that particular field.




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