integralx2 wrote:I dont want to be a downer, but you will be in for a VERY rude awakening if you think you will be able to do patent work with only a physics major. I am assuming you want the big $$$(litigation and prosecution), and a BS in Physics will just not cut it. You will need at least a PHD in a hard science. I am very familiar with the patent field (currently work as an engineer), and I know a thing or two from this exposure (I was in your shoes too).
can you elaborate?
Sure I can. First let me say your in a GREAT position still. You dont need that T14 school to do well if you plan to do patent obviously. Dont get me wrong that T14 school will open doors for you, but your doing patent work, which the competition for the job position dwindles down to handful of people ( in this case that T14 would most likely put you over the top
!). But, if you do some research on some boutiques , and larger size firms you will notice that most patent attorneys did not graduate from T14 schools (alot are from T3/T4). The reason is because you have undergrad in a hard science/engineering which majority of law graduates DO NOT HAVE as a result it lowers your competition for that patent job. Im sure I will get flamed by all the liberal art majors but thats the hard truth. So anyway like I was saying a BS in any hard science will not land you that patent job. You need at least a PHD (experience also preferred), and NOT ALL hard sciences will get you that patent job. I am only aware of PHD in Chemistry, BioChemistry, Organic Chemistry (anything related to medicine, and other medical related fields) are in demand (and will continue). My advice get a BS in Physics, and MS in an engineering related field, and get some work experience (EXPERIENCE IS VERY IMPORTANT). Unless you can somehow switch to engineering without losing time (NOT CIVIL ENGINEERING).