QuantTrader77 wrote:Hey there Mike Spivey. I was advised to post on your thread in hopes that you would be able to give me some valuable feedback. Here is what I posted in the URM forum:
I posted this in a different forum, and I did not quite get the feedback I was hoping for.
I am hoping to go to a top 6 law school because I want to become a Patent Lawyer and eventually own a Patent Law firm. Here are my stats, and by the way, I am a black male:
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, GPA:3.09/4.00, LSAC GPA: 2.78/4.00 (B.Sc. acquired in 2003)
M.Sc. Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, GPA:3.50/4.00
Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, cumm. GPA: 3.65/4.00, Ph.D. GPA: 3.79/4.00
M.Sc. Electrical & Computer Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, GPA: 4.00/4.00
I chose to acquire my M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from UMD because it is highly ranked in the USNWR (12th in the nation).
I do have a fairly interesting story and here it is. I was working in high school to help my mother with the household bills, and my mother went back to Africa after I completed high school. To be frank, I grew up in a fairly impoverished household. Consequently, I had to work all throughout undergrad in order to support myself, and I often had to send money back to Africa to my mother and siblings. I would attribute my low undergraduate GPA to the stress of having to work so much. This is just an abbreviated version of the story and hardships I encountered while in high school and undergrad.
Nonetheless, with sheer determination and zeal, I found a way to make it to graduate school, and I became a U.S. citizen. Subsequently, I acquired a position as an Aerospace Engineer with the Department of Defense, and I should state that I worked full-time with the Department of Defense throughout the duration of completing my Aerospace Engineering Ph.D.
After completing the Ph.D., I started my own non-profit hoping to increase the exposure of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field to inner-city and underprivileged minority youth. Shortly thereafter, I gained entrance into JHU in order to complete an M.Sc. in Electrical & Computer Engineering. As of now, I am planning to acquire a position at the USPTO to build 1-2 years of patent experience that Big law firms appreciate when hiring patent lawyers.
I plan to blanket all the top 14 law schools, and hopefully I can get into a top 6 law school. I would certainly love to go to Harvard. What do you guys think? Harvard? Yale? I am a tad worried about my UGPA since the schools I am fairly interested in often have harsh UGPA floors.
Quant, I'll spare you much of the holistic talk part but there is a lot that goes into admissions that makes prediction with precision difficult. But that said, you have a great deal going for you and if I were you I would blanket the top 10-14 as well, and I would expect great results. You should compete very well next cycle. You also are going into one of the best legal careers as far as insulation from swings in legal employment --so i expect great things.