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I didn't score impressively. Would they usually still ask your LSAT score when interviewing you to judge you? Especially big firms--they are certainly picky.

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I got in a 3-tier part-time program this year but would like to transfer to a 1st-tier full-time program next year. I am wondering how could this be done? Anyone has similar experience?
The part-time program I am in does not allow me to take extra classes. In order to transfer, I believe most of the school require certain credits. Is there any other way to take some extra credits, not necessarily at the same school. For example, to take some classes at the target 1st tier school? How easily could this be done?
If not possible, can I still transfer after the second year study at part-time program? I know I will waste some money/time. But that's okay.

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Good to know someone in a similar situation.

I knew many patent attorneys went to PT program while working full-time in a firm. But I don't know enough how they turn out in the long run. Some attorneys I know of actually stay with patent prosecution--which is not exactly what I want to do forever. On the other hand, some attorney became big at litigation--Good.

I am not sure overall how successful FT job/PT school attorneys are in litigation. Any idea?

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The only reason I would NOT go to USF in your situation is if I wasn't sure I could manage my time well between work and school. The Long Run is what you care about. The truth be known, 5 years out of law school, no one will care which school you went to. At that point, firms want to know "what have you done for me/others lately?" Your experience while in law school in a patent firm will make you very marketable.

thanks for your insight. It's good to know.
yes, i do intend to stay with the firm for a while after law school. so I don't really have to worry finding a job. As a patent agent they pay me well. As a tradition in the firm, many patent agent went on to part-time program and got their JD.
It looks like I am going to take my new job as an agent and go to school part time.

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Where should I go next fall? / Hastings Full time vs. USF part time
« on: June 09, 2005, 07:14:25 PM »
Hastings Full time
vs.
USF part time with a full time patent agent position in a big firm

In the long run, which option will benefit me the most.
Me: Ph.D degree in bioscience.
Is reputation of the law school imporatnt for the career specifically in patent prosecution/litigation?

Thanks!

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