Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

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CJ1986
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Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby CJ1986 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:29 pm

I am an electrical engineer with an MS who has been working for 3.5 years. If were to go back to law school, I would graduate at age 32, as it is too late this cycle. Would this be too late for a large firm? Assume in the mean time I went to a T14. Also, I plan on going for patent law.

I'd really appreciate answers.

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby Hutz_and_Goodman » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:41 pm

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby ditch digger » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:44 pm

No, 32 is not too old to begin a career in the legal profession. You are an engineer, and thus, too smart and successful to go to law school. For your own sake, don't go.

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby ExBiglawAssociate » Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:30 am

not at all

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby antiworldly » Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:49 pm

Not by a long shot. I'm a chemist and will be starting law school this fall, meaning I'll be 30 when I graduate. Of all the chemists who ended up patent attorneys that I talked to, I'll be the youngest to start my career, the average is usually 34-35.

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby checkers » Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:03 pm

No it's not too old, and you'll actually be highly sought-after with that degree and some serious work experience.

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby gk101 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:11 am

CJ1986 wrote:I am an electrical engineer with an MS who has been working for 3.5 years. If were to go back to law school, I would graduate at age 32, as it is too late this cycle. Would this be too late for a large firm? Assume in the mean time I went to a T14. Also, I plan on going for patent law.

I'd really appreciate answers.

You have an EE background. You could graduate at 50 and still get a patent prosecution position at the big firms. 32 is not old at all for any practice area

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby kcdc1 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:45 am

I'm in school now, and will turn 32 just after taking the bar. I interviewed exclusively for patent jobs, and my age was not a problem at all. Every single interviewer considered my experience a plus.

FWIW, I'd suggest looking at Northwestern's AJD program which gets you a T14 JD in 2 years. As a somewhat older law student with substantial work experience, it's been the perfect program for me. Get back in work force sooner, more mature peers, etc.

Link to a description of the program: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=237512

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby mindthegap » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:42 am

I've worked in IP law firms since graduating from university (roughly 2 years) and 30 seems to be on the younger side of the incoming patent lawyers that I've met, as most of them have also completed their PhD. FWIW, my previous supervisor started law school at 30 after working as a researcher and although he hadn't made partner by the time I worked for him, he enjoyed a very consistent salary at a mid-sized firm. However, it sounds like you're interested in big law so I'll expand on my supervisor's scenario by adding that 1) he'd gone to an extremely regional (although cost-effective) school because he was married with children and didn't want to move them and 2) with his background, he acknowledges that he could've aimed to work at a larger firm in the area if that had been his goal.

In other words, you're fine. Good luck!

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby rondemarino » Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:40 am

Not too old at all.

And by patent law you mean? Patent prosecution? IP litigation?

CJ1986
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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby CJ1986 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:55 am

I think I lean towards litigation. Also, I was wondering if there was a boost in starting salary based on experience, although it doesn't sound like it from my personal research. I am simply trying to do a cost/benefit analysis.

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby Patent2014 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:09 am

To echo everyone else, it's not too old at all. Many of the top IP firms very rarely hire a new grad who is under 30 since they prefer PhDs (life sciences) or several years work experience for areas like engineering/computer science.

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Re: Is 32 too old for an aspiring patent lawyer

Postby haus » Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:45 am

Does the community you live in happen to be named Logan's Run?

If so, you are likely done for.




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