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After further consideration, I have decided not to go to law school. This is partly because of the risk, partly because of the aforementioned forum thread I read, and partly because I met a lawyer with 3 young kids who blew his head off 5 days after meeting him. His firm was being indicted. I'll find something more useful to do with my money

4. Yes.  But, patent litigation doesn't require a science-based undergrad degree.  In fact, some of the best patent litigators are general commercial litigators and do not have technical undergraduate degrees.

So being a PE and wanting to be involved in patent prosecution does not help me in the eyes of an employer?


So, is your degree wasted?  I'd say yes and no.  Mostly, you probably got into ME to make money doing something you could enjoy, or at least tolerate.

Using that degree to get you into Law School lets you make money doing something else you can enjoy (or at least tolerate) and you can make a lot more money.

I can really appreciate this. Because, to be honest, 80% to 90% of the reason I want to go to law school and into patent law is because of the money. I want to have a job that I can tolerate and make lots of money. It is a scary thought however when I read about the increase in lawyers and decrease in jobs over the past few years. I don't know if I can make the top 10% of my class, and if that is what it is going to take to land a job as a patent attorney, going to law school becomes a much bigger risk. I will not and do not want to get into a T14 law school. Will this mean that I AM going to have to be in the top 10% or 5% of my L1 class in order to become a 'sexy' applicant to an employer?

Please note that I just read the something awful post on becoming a lawyer and it scared the living crap out of me. 


I will be graduating next May with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from a well respected southern university. Law school has become a great interest of mine within the past year. More specifically, I have become very absorbed by the possibility of becoming a patent attorney. One of the biggest self-realizations I've had during my time as a college student is that I am a very logical thinker. This has helped me tremendously in my engineering courses and has compensated for my lack of spatial awareness. This, as I am told, is a very valuable skill to has a law school student. I have been doing some very light LSAT studying over the past few months, mainly during the weekend. I have come to the point to where it is time for me to converse with a large group of law student and professionals in order to seek advice on my unique (or not so unique) situation.

As I have said, I am a ME major with a graduation date of May 2012. I started interning for a company last summer and have earned my place as a respected employee. I was offered a full-time job this spring semester with my current employer. Being offered a full-time job as a junior is not something I was about to take for granted and, needless to say, I accepted the position. My employer is unaware of my ambitions to become a patent attorney. I have no intentions of not fulfilling my word with my employer (to become a full-time employee). I do, however, still want to become a patent attorney. So my goal is to be able to work during the day and become a part-time law student at night. This is where my head spins and the questions begin.

- Is being a part-time law student as a 22-23 year old an implausible task if I was to also be a full-time employee?
- Am I wasting the hard earned and very versatile degree I have worked so hard for?
- Does having an engineering degree help my chances at being accepted into a night-time law school program?
- Do patent attorneys get the chance to understand ideas from a client then get the convey those ideas to a jury? I have a great ability to understand and then convey that understanding to someone else in a way that they can also understand.
- Could it be recommended that I do not take my position as a full time employee and instead pursue a FT career as a law student? I am very against this because I hear that experience as a professional engineer is very important asset that many law firms look for.

Please note that I am not only looking for answers to these questions but also looking for ANY advice or suggestions that could in ANY way pertain to my situation. I appreciate any and all advice I can get. Thanks! 

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