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« on: February 11, 2010, 12:52:31 PM »
I doubt it will be held this Saturday.  I talked with LSAC on Tuesday and as of then, they told me they were still working on figuring out the make up test date.  She said no emails had been sent out at that point.  So we're playing the waiting game still...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Snow-pocalypse
« on: February 09, 2010, 06:54:04 AM »
My test was also cancelled here in Virginia.  I just talked with LSAC and they said the tests should be rescheduled in the next couple weeks and that they will email us soon with a list of options.  So hopefully it will be soon because I'm so ready to get this test done!!

Thanks for the opinions guys.  :D  I guess I consider my situation pretty non-traditional at least from a chemists perspective.  From what I've researched online, people have varying opinions on the prospect of getting a job with a PhD.  But in my time researching the career, I've come across a couple PhD/JD attorneys (we had one at the patent office I interned at).  When I search the internet for patent law employment, I see several that are looking specifically for advanced degree candidates.  The attorney I spoke with highly recommended the career (she has the same background as I do) and saw a stronger and stronger desire for PhD patent attorneys.  But who's so say what the job market will look like in 4 years, though I have researched that the patent field has not been as hard hit as the rest of the legal community and is actually experiencing some growth.  All I know is that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed working with patents.

So I'm doing a bit of research online and now looking for opinions about my situation! 

I will be completing my PhD in organic chemistry next year from a large reputable university. I decided last year, after completing a graduate internship at my university's patent foundation, that I wanted to change my career path and pursue patent law instead of working in pharmaceuticals when I graduate.  Now a days, most chemistry PhD's have to complete an additional 2-3 years of post-doctoral research before they apply for a position in academia or in industry, so I'm not really losing any time going the path of law school instead.  With that, I am planning to apply to law school for the fall of 2011. I have read some opinions recently that patent law has become an increasingly crowded field (but what hasn't at this point?), so I wanted opinions on job opportunities for PhD/JD candidates. Last year I had an in depth convo with a patent attorney who also has her PhD (in organic chemistry) in Philly and she said she gets a couple phone calls every day for firms looking for PhD/JD patent attorneys. So now I'm just confused about the situation!  Thoughts?

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