nylaboy wrote:Wow thanks guys.
I didn't think that you guys would be this helpful. I thought many people would tell me to forget law school because I wouldn't find a job. I am happy to hear that going to law school doesn't have to the end of the world.
So after reading all these comments, do you think it's better to become eligible for Category B first? I am actually missing two consecutive courses of chem/physics to be eligible (I feel dumb coz I took a ton of unnecessary Bio classes). And should law school be after I pass the patent exam?
I'm not sure what to take out of your response here. On the one hand, you seem like you kind of understand that most of the commentators here aren't saying law school is going to end with you on Skid's Row. This is true. But your next question is focused on passing the patent bar, which is kind of weird.
Me, and most of the other commentators here, seem to agree that you need to get that LSAT score up before considering law school. This is the first step, and the only step which you should be concentrating on at this point. Even if your better-than-most position, applying to law school with a 163 LSAT is not good. It's not a downright failure either, but it's not ideal. So work on getting that up first.
And second, I can't emphasize this enough, really really really really (did I say really enough?) think about what you want to do in the future. Look hard into the details of patent prosecution and patent litigation, and figure out whether you want to do one, or the other, or neither. This is critical.
Law school is a half million dollar decision. I'm not kidding. Back of the envelope calculation: If you didn't go to law school you'd make minimum $180K in the next 3 years. If you do go, and pay full price, you'll be out around $200K at least. (+180 - (-200)) = 380K. And that doesn't include future earnings potential. Even at BigLaw salary, you'd probably need a full 4-5 years before you make up the difference. It's a major decision and you need to take it seriously. Figure out what exactly you want to do, and do it as cheap as possible. This is the key to your future.
I was told all of this prior to law school, and I ignored most of it because I thought I was different. I'm telling you now, and posting very heavily in this thread with long posts, because I don't want you to make the same mistake. It might work out for you - but you need to seriously consider the possibility that it won't as well. And plan for the worst. Hope it never comes, but plan for it because it can happen to even the most careful.