To all the other special snowflakes out there!

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To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby thwalls » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:41 pm

So some of you may know me, most of you probably don't. But I'm a recent graduate from UVA with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. About 2 years ago, I decided that I wanted to practice IP law so I found this website, started learning about the application process, and studied for the LSAT. I got a decent score when I took it last fall and was able to get accepted to Temple Law, Part-Time, without scholarship money. (After asking for reconsideration they ended up giving me $15k over the four years and said that I qualified for in-state tuition making the sum total of 4 year tuition expenses less than $40k.)

I wanted to go part-time so that I could support my wife and hopefully land a technical specialist job at a law firm. I was informed, on this website, that I was out of my mind. I decided that while writing my thesis (of over 300 pages) and finishing my research I would study for the Patent Bar exam which I took last month and passed 4 days before my graduation. Within 2 days of sending out my resume and CV to many, many (I applied to ~50) law firms I got asked in for an interview and just today I was offered a job in downtown Philadelphia for an established IP firm for a substantial salary. They also informed me that after law school they would convert me directly to an associate so I have that job lined up as well, and won't have to worry about summer recruiting.

I'm not writing this to gloat. So many people on here are ridiculed for having a dream and a goal that may seem kind of crazy, especially in this climate. But from one special snow flake to another, if you want it bad enough, you can make your own luck and succeed.

I also want to thank all the members of TLS who helped me and offered constructive criticism. I think I would have been lost without this website.

Good luck to everyone on their future endeavors!

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Postby 20121109 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:44 pm

YAY!! Congratulations on your success!!! :)

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Postby merichard87 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:44 pm

Congrats! After hearing about all the people being trampled ITE its good to hear about someone who had perservered.

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Postby merichard87 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:45 pm

Gaia you beat me to being the first poster. I'm not pleased. lol

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Postby 20121109 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:46 pm

merichard87 wrote:Gaia you beat me to being the first poster. I'm not pleased. lol


:P

<3

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Postby dibs » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:46 pm

+1

this site is riddled with elitist children who have no idea what a day of work in the real world is like, and whose opinions are based on their own false ivory tower syndrome. it's pretty funny to read on a daily basis.

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Postby UFMatt » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:49 pm

Your post made my day. I have a science PhD and am taking the patent bar this summer prior to starting law school. Well done on your job offer. Hopefully that is a sign that the IP law market isn't dead.

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby acrossthelake » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:49 pm

Congratulations!

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Postby merichard87 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:53 pm

UFMatt wrote:Your post made my day. I have a science PhD and am taking the patent bar this summer prior to starting law school. Well done on your job offer. Hopefully that is a sign that the IP law market isn't dead.


The IP market is like Bebe's kids. It doesn't die, it multiplies. lol

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby MusicNutMeggie » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:58 pm

Congratulations! Sounds like you absolutely deserve your phenomenal success; here's hoping that many, many other TLSers will have the same experience! Thank your lucky stars that you had the right background for IP. Good luck in all your future endeavors!

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Postby as stars burn » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:10 pm

That's AWESOME! Congratulations! That's a hell of a deal! Also, you're completely right...if you want it bad enough you can achieve it :)

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby kopper » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:21 pm

Congratulations! I am headed to Temple's Part-Time program and would be interested to get your thoughts on the program. How are the job propsects for the others in the part-time program? Did you find going part-time was a disadvantage in finding a job? I would assume that your PhD was helpful in landing the opportunity you mentioned.

Personally, I am a non-trad student and will need to retain my full time job to support my family so a part-time program is really my only option. I am looking forward to be an evening student at Temple and have strong regard for the school. I am concerned, as most other are, with the job prospects up graduation. I was motivated when I read your post. So thanks and again congratulations.

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby dakatz » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:25 pm

Congrats!

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby Tautology » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:25 pm

I do not understand the relevance of figurative snowflakes to this post.

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby happy187 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:31 pm

Congrats ... where is TTTGrad on this thread

get it to x
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Postby get it to x » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:35 pm

happy187 wrote:Congrats ... where is TTTGrad on this thread


TTTGrad is hanging with Joran Van der Sloot. Congrats OP, you've given all of us some hope!

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby rdcws000 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:22 am

Your story represents a segment of the 0L population many on this forum seem to pretend doesn't exist. Those who have already accomplished something in their careers and are using law school as a complement to an impressive resume. Not only that, but entering law school with some money in the bank means sticker for us, is less than sticker for others when doing the ROI caluclation.

I for one am no organic chemist, but I do have a successful career with a high profile company, and I would really like to stay with the company after graduation, just in a new field.

The highly experienced 22 year olds on TLS have been sure to tell me how foolish I am for attending a T4 in this economy though.

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby doppelganger » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:39 am

thwalls wrote:So some of you may know me, most of you probably don't. But I'm a recent graduate from UVA with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. About 2 years ago, I decided that I wanted to practice IP law so I found this website, started learning about the application process, and studied for the LSAT. I got a decent score when I took it last fall and was able to get accepted to Temple Law, Part-Time, without scholarship money. (After asking for reconsideration they ended up giving me $15k over the four years and said that I qualified for in-state tuition making the sum total of 4 year tuition expenses less than $40k.)

I wanted to go part-time so that I could support my wife and hopefully land a technical specialist job at a law firm. I was informed, on this website, that I was out of my mind. I decided that while writing my thesis (of over 300 pages) and finishing my research I would study for the Patent Bar exam which I took last month and passed 4 days before my graduation. Within 2 days of sending out my resume and CV to many, many (I applied to ~50) law firms I got asked in for an interview and just today I was offered a job in downtown Philadelphia for an established IP firm for a substantial salary. They also informed me that after law school they would convert me directly to an associate so I have that job lined up as well, and won't have to worry about summer recruiting.

I'm not writing this to gloat. So many people on here are ridiculed for having a dream and a goal that may seem kind of crazy, especially in this climate. But from one special snow flake to another, if you want it bad enough, you can make your own luck and succeed.

I also want to thank all the members of TLS who helped me and offered constructive criticism. I think I would have been lost without this website.

Good luck to everyone on their future endeavors!


This made my day. Obviously numbers matter, and so many are thrown around here. I am a non-traditional applicant as well. Gives me hope!

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby doppelganger » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:42 am

Tautology wrote:I do not understand the relevance of figurative snowflakes to this post.



I think he implied rather than stated that going to a school that some don't think as highly of on here still managed to produce a very successful result with the right background and amount of work applied.

The "special snowflake" beats the odds of being a jobless t4er with only a giant debt to show for it. Maybe I am wrong, but that is the way I read it.

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby libertarian » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:47 am

thwalls wrote:So some of you may know me, most of you probably don't. But I'm a recent graduate from UVA with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. About 2 years ago, I decided that I wanted to practice IP law so I found this website, started learning about the application process, and studied for the LSAT. I got a decent score when I took it last fall and was able to get accepted to Temple Law, Part-Time, without scholarship money. (After asking for reconsideration they ended up giving me $15k over the four years and said that I qualified for in-state tuition making the sum total of 4 year tuition expenses less than $40k.)

I wanted to go part-time so that I could support my wife and hopefully land a technical specialist job at a law firm. I was informed, on this website, that I was out of my mind. I decided that while writing my thesis (of over 300 pages) and finishing my research I would study for the Patent Bar exam which I took last month and passed 4 days before my graduation. Within 2 days of sending out my resume and CV to many, many (I applied to ~50) law firms I got asked in for an interview and just today I was offered a job in downtown Philadelphia for an established IP firm for a substantial salary. They also informed me that after law school they would convert me directly to an associate so I have that job lined up as well, and won't have to worry about summer recruiting.

I'm not writing this to gloat. So many people on here are ridiculed for having a dream and a goal that may seem kind of crazy, especially in this climate. But from one special snow flake to another, if you want it bad enough, you can make your own luck and succeed.

I also want to thank all the members of TLS who helped me and offered constructive criticism. I think I would have been lost without this website.

Good luck to everyone on their future endeavors!


You are such a tool.

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Re: To all the other special snowflakes out there!

Postby BriaTharen » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:52 am

libertarian wrote:
thwalls wrote:So some of you may know me, most of you probably don't. But I'm a recent graduate from UVA with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. About 2 years ago, I decided that I wanted to practice IP law so I found this website, started learning about the application process, and studied for the LSAT. I got a decent score when I took it last fall and was able to get accepted to Temple Law, Part-Time, without scholarship money. (After asking for reconsideration they ended up giving me $15k over the four years and said that I qualified for in-state tuition making the sum total of 4 year tuition expenses less than $40k.)

I wanted to go part-time so that I could support my wife and hopefully land a technical specialist job at a law firm. I was informed, on this website, that I was out of my mind. I decided that while writing my thesis (of over 300 pages) and finishing my research I would study for the Patent Bar exam which I took last month and passed 4 days before my graduation. Within 2 days of sending out my resume and CV to many, many (I applied to ~50) law firms I got asked in for an interview and just today I was offered a job in downtown Philadelphia for an established IP firm for a substantial salary. They also informed me that after law school they would convert me directly to an associate so I have that job lined up as well, and won't have to worry about summer recruiting.

I'm not writing this to gloat. So many people on here are ridiculed for having a dream and a goal that may seem kind of crazy, especially in this climate. But from one special snow flake to another, if you want it bad enough, you can make your own luck and succeed.

I also want to thank all the members of TLS who helped me and offered constructive criticism. I think I would have been lost without this website.

Good luck to everyone on their future endeavors!


You are such a tool.


This.....

and congrats




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