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.