What Schools Should I Apply To?

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Re: What Schools Should I Apply To?

Postby icechicken » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:56 pm

guyguyguy wrote:As far as a job, I'd like to work with start ups or in VC both as a a financial and legal consultant. Still pretty open to most fields within law, but I definitely want to get into politics later in life.


So you don't want to be a lawyer? You're probably better off just applying to the job(s) you actually want.

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Re: What Schools Should I Apply To?

Postby Eman1994 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:31 pm

3.1 167 AA Male. From the Deep South and looking to work near NYC or DC. Would like to work in Big Law (at least initially). What should be my targets/reaches/safeties?

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Re: What Schools Should I Apply To?

Postby Jrs46tj » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:41 pm

I’m thinking of heading to law school for IP law. I have a PhD & MS in Electrical Engineering, publications, a patent, and have been working in Engineering for the past few years.

I figure my family can afford it if I can do a part-time 4-year program, while still working my day job (or perhaps a new one with an IP firm).

I feel that I have mastered most of what I need to know to be successful in my career path, but I feel my work has become methodical and boring. I could continue with what I am doing, but I’m itching to get some work that will challenge me and require me to think outside the box. Reflecting back on my experience when filing my patent and work I recently performed when combating a forensic attorney I started thinking that a career in law could provide this.

With that said... am I crazy to think that law can provide the environment I’m looking for? If not, any recommendations on schools for IP law?

All insight is much appreciated!

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Re: What Schools Should I Apply To?

Postby UVA2B » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:30 pm

Jrs46tj wrote:I’m thinking of heading to law school for IP law. I have a PhD & MS in Electrical Engineering, publications, a patent, and have been working in Engineering for the past few years.

I figure my family can afford it if I can do a part-time 4-year program, while still working my day job (or perhaps a new one with an IP firm).

I feel that I have mastered most of what I need to know to be successful in my career path, but I feel my work has become methodical and boring. I could continue with what I am doing, but I’m itching to get some work that will challenge me and require me to think outside the box. Reflecting back on my experience when filing my patent and work I recently performed when combating a forensic attorney I started thinking that a career in law could provide this.

With that said... am I crazy to think that law can provide the environment I’m looking for? If not, any recommendations on schools for IP law?

All insight is much appreciated!


What kind of IP job are you imagining you want? Are you hoping to work at a big firm doing patent litigation, or would rather use your PhD in prosecuting patents before the PTO? Your imagined career path will be helpful in determining whether this is even a sane decision for you. Going to law school would be a new academic pursuit, and you'd be very marketable in the patent space with your credentials, but whether or not you'd be "thinking outside the box" or challenge you in new and exciting ways remains to be seen.

If I were you, I'd look into becoming a scientific advisor or maybe a patent agent at a patent firm to see the inner workings before you dive in to law school. Work with some patent litigators, get some experience in the mechanics of patent law, and see if a legal career would excite you.

I'm probably projecting on you a little bit, but anyone who goes through to a EE PhD, works for a few years as an engineer, and is now looking for a new, exciting field because the work you're doing has become boring makes me skeptical. Not because you're not bored, but because there is a very real chance you just get restless in what you're doing and want to switch careers every couple of years because you become restless in general. Especially considering your only exposure to the career is getting one patent issued and working adverse to forensics.

This is a fine first step in doing your research into a legal career, but considering how much you've invested into your academic credentials already, I just want to warn you that taking on three or four additional years of training to enter a completely new field should be deliberate. Figure out what you imagine a legal career being in IP, meet with actual litigators and prosecutors, read the relevant anecdotes on this thread about patent work (http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=228583&hilit=Typical+Day), and continue considering whether a complete career shift is really what you ultimately want. Don't make the shift only because it sounds exciting and new.

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Re: What Schools Should I Apply To?

Postby am88282911am88282911 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:18 pm

I need help!! Hi all, I am in my mid-30's and have worked over 12 years within the nonprofit sector. Currently, I am working within a leadership role for a city agency. I make a six figure salary but law has always been an unreachable goal of mine. On my spare time, I love to read depositions, watch endless Forsenic Files, and viewing Netflix's OJ mini series (starring Cuba Gooding Jr.) - all of this for the legality aspect. I have been thinking about law all throughout my adult life and have even attended a recent CUNY School of Law's open house session. I honestly fell in love with the school - as a core specialization is Human Rights. My fear-a six figure loan choke hold. I am already attempting to pay back on my MPA school loans and I am nervous about all that I hear with the bureaucracy of law schools and the law school students (post graduation). Last note, I am thinking about attending LSAT prep courses at Queens College, take the LSAT's, with the hopes of doing well enough to get a possible scholarship. I'm all over the place but any help/advice would be much appreciated.

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Re: What Schools Should I Apply To?

Postby Danniel » Fri May 18, 2018 4:00 am

This is a great sort of information.

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Re: What Schools Should I Apply To?

Postby RK6 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:17 am

Hi!

I have a 4.08 and a 161 LSAT score. I really want to go to USC. Do I have a shot?

Thank you!

(If it helps, I was an econ major and UCLA)

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Re: What Schools Should I Apply To?

Postby nevergiveup77 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:56 pm

Hello,

Thank you to any and all who take the time to both read and answer my question as it will help a great deal.

To Begin, my GPA is a 4.0 in which I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida (tied for #35 University in the nation with current rankings) with a degree in Public Relations focused on Politics. My LSAT score is a 172 (only took it once). I am also a first generation college student. I do understand that such numbers should put me in good company for a chance of acceptance into Harvard Law but my circumstances are a bit more complicated.

I attended two other colleges before transferring to UF. While there, my gpa was around 2.6–2.8 at both schools before I eventually transferred to UF. There were also a few classes I failed and some I even dropped or withdrew from. However, the poor grades were not due to lack of intelligence or effort rather I was experiencing hardships/obstacles in my life over that 3 year span. I am an adopted child (fathered died when I was young and my mother has been incarcerated all my life) and was living in a bad home environment during those beginning years of my college career. I eventually moved out and started my own business so it did turn out for the best. But it was difficult to juggle the life changes, challenge of starting and running a business AND going to school. I should have taken a bit of time off from school but I was young, ambitious and pretty naive so I thought I could juggle it all and make it work but it didn’t workout at first.Although, eventually it did all work out, the business was and is in a great position in which I was able to return to school and I was presented with a fresh start at the University of Florida that turned out great. As I mentioned, I graduated with a 4.0 while also starting a small charity providing school clothes and supplies to under privileged children like myself during that time. I also worked on a political campaign for a Mayor of a major city who has also written me a great letter of recommendation. I am just worried that given the fact that the LSAC combines my GPA from all undergraduate grades that the poor performance of my previous years will hurt my chances at Harvard Law. I do plan to add an addendum explaining these circumstances and it will be included in my personal statement but I wanted to see some of the opinions of folks who have experience with such cases, law school admissions, Harvard, etc. Do I still have a shot? Should I try and get a better LSAT? I’m open for all suggestions. Thanks again for your time!



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