anonmyuos wrote:Hmm - well I'd spin it this way. First I'd definitely leave the Tacoma campus part off your resume unless it's a really different school that UW (I don't know anything about how that works). Second I would maybe list some of the more hardcore sounding courses you took underneath the degree. And third I would emphasize any real world programming experience you have.
This definitely isn't something that is going to instantly hurt your chances, but it might reduce them if you don't play it right. Being patent bar eligible is not a big requirement for IP Lit and there are plenty of people who practice in IP Lit that have never passed the patent bar. So you shouldn't be worried you'll be instantly rejected. But you still might want an answer to the patent bar question prepared ("Not on the A path - but I've looked over the website and I should be able to be qualified under B unless I'm reading it wrong" would probably pass muster). Above all - emphasize that you know things about programming or CPUs or whatever it is you do know that wouldn't generally be known by someone with a "passing interest" in technology. That will distinguish you.
Major thanks for the advice! It was very helpful.
As for practical experience, I have full-time engineering WE (but it's less than a year), and I've contributed source code to some pretty large open-source software projects, including the Linux kernel (had a few software companies approach me because of this).
Sad part is I could have easily went to an ABET-accredited computer science program and saved myself all this trouble... oh well.