I got accepted into the PT program, 2.9/167.
I'm mostly looking at them for their IP selection/clinic and proximity to the patent office. I hope I get into GWU's PT, pending my Dec. LSAT. However, there's a very real chance I'll be going to American in the fall.
Can anyone else comment on IP at American? Especially wrt patents. Are American grads focusing in patent law having a better time of it because of AU's solid IP program?
IP folks at most schools are generally having an easier time than the general population. I think that's generally attributed the the growth in that area of the law, and the opportunity that programs like PLIP provide to escape your school's potential OCI shortcomings. That doesn't mean that your grades in law school, as well as the school you got them from won't matter when it comes to looking for jobs. If you aren't in the top 25-30% at American, it is unlikely that wanting IP will save you...that isn't a knock on American, it's just the reality of the current legal market.
With regards to the IP program, it's often said on TLS that you shouldn't go to a school because of XYZ program. I don't think it's ever really explained though. After going through the job hunt process, I think I can explain it a bit. The fact of the matter is, employers aren't coming to look for students at xyz school because of the great xyz program. Most firms won't care what programs the school has or what classes you take...that's just reality. Having a great XYZ program often indicates only that there are professors at the school who are regarded as among the best in their respective fields. Firms will seek out those professors to consult on various matters, but again, they won't be coming there to find students.
Generally, the only way you benefit from this is if you develop a relationship with that professor, and they call someone up on your behalf. I don't think I have to explain why it isn't a good idea to go to a school with the hope that some professor that is an expert in their field will take a liking to you and fast track your career. Do I?