Your advice to transitioning military veteran

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ArmyVeteran
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Your advice to transitioning military veteran

Postby ArmyVeteran » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:06 pm

Hello everyone,

I have been following the posts on this informative forum for a few years now and have finally decided to post. I need your advice.

I am currently in the process of transitioning from the army to the civilian world after serving a four year term. If everything works out, I will be working for the USPTO as a patent examiner while attending law school part time, using my GI Bill (hopefully will not incur too much additional costs). The following are my stats:

-Passed the PhD Qualifying Examination in Electrical Engineering (EE)
-MSEE with a tuition waiver assistantship from a good state university: GPA 3.75+
-BSEE from a good state university: GPA 2.80 (I started out weak because I was trying to work to support myself but ended up being on two consecutive Dean's list my senior year. I had an average GPA of 3.85+ my last three semesters in undergrad)
-LSAT score: 165
-Passed the Patent Bar examination.
-Passed the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) Examination.
-Took a IP law certification class at another good state university
-Have one conference publication in EE
-Will be working for the USPTO as a patent examiner

I have the following three questions:

1. Which part-time IP law program can I get into in the greater DC area? I.E. Georgetown, George Washington, University of Maryland, American, George Mason?

2. If I wanted to be a patent attorney at the USPTO (i.e.) federal government in the future, does my school pedigree matter?

3. What is the future job outlook (as far as you can tell) in IP law?

Thank you for any advice and for your time.

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gaud
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Re: Your advice to transitioning military veteran

Postby gaud » Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:04 pm

There's a thread for military vets, I'm sure some of the posters there can give you valuable advice:

http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 2&t=170257


thank you for your service

ArmyVeteran
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Re: Your advice to transitioning military veteran

Postby ArmyVeteran » Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:15 pm

Thank you. I posted the questions there.

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USMCMatt
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Re: Your advice to transitioning military veteran

Postby USMCMatt » Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:58 pm

ArmyVeteran wrote:Thank you. I posted the questions there.



I'm at Mason now...great IP program.

PM me if you have specific questions...I will try to help. Im just a 1L though...lol

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Cobretti
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Re: Your advice to transitioning military veteran

Postby Cobretti » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:19 pm

These questions aren't actually veteran specific so I'm sure the forum as a whole can help you here. Personally I don't know anything about part time IP focused schools so I don't have anything to tell you.




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