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.