Here's my story.
I'm not going to lie and say law has been my passion since I was 2. It hasn't. In fact, I hadn't really thought about it until last year, when I realized that graduation was coming up. I'm a chemistry major, and I knew I didn't want to do a PhD, so I started looking into other things. I took a class on the law and economics of IP, and found it really fascinating. That's why I'm looking into law school. In all likelihood, I would be doing patent-based work.
Also factoring into this decision are my LS/job prospects. I go to just about the top school I can for my major (Let's say it's one of Berkeley MIT Harvard Stanford), and my GPA suffered a bit as a result. It will be a 3.45 after graduation. My LSAT cold was 152, 168 after studying the PS bibles, and 172 after studying the same stuff again. That was a couple months ago and school took over since then, so I haven't done any prep since last November/December. After graduation, I will be studying pretty much nonstop until the June LSAT hoping to crack 175.
As far as softs go... I've done research in 3 different university-based labs over my undergraduate career, but unless I luck out soon I will not have any publications to speak of. I'll also have a year off in between, during which I would like to get a job. This job will probably be in the chem/bio industry, but I was also considering finding a law/business/service based job to prepare me a little more for that world, seeing as how I have no experience in it whatsoever.
If I can't get into a T14 but I'm certain I want to do patents, would that still be a worthwhile pursuit? Reading these forums, there is a lot of doom-and-gloom about entering law if you can't get into a T14, but I'm not sure how true that holds for IP.
What do you think? Should I pursue law, or does this seem like a bad idea?
Important things to consider: You need to think about what your GPA will be when you apply, not when you graduate (though if you waited to the following cycle then they would of course be the same) Best shot is to aim for the 175+, blanket the t14, and I think you stand a very good chance at getting in somewhere.
I do not know anything about IP, so hopefully someone can answer that aspect for you.