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Job Search / Location and IP law
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:43:50 AM »
I'm in the process of studying for the LSAT (currently scoring in the 165 - 170 range, reckon I can bump it up further) and intend on applying to law school next year. I'm a PhD scientist working at a biotech start-up company. I've got a solid academic history, equivalent of about a 3.7 GPA for my undergraduate degree in the UK, a MSc degree and my PhD. After working in academia as a research scientist I got a job at a start-up 2 years ago but I have decided to transition to IP law in the future, I am 36yrs old. I am aiming for top 5-10 schools, Stanford being my first choice. I know that in my industry, i.e. biotech/pharma, there are regional clusters in the US where most of the start-ups in this industry sector are concentrated i.e. the Bay Area, Boston, San Diego, Research Triangle, Washington etc. So I imagine that many law firms specializing in IP work tend to cluster near those markets too. I currently live in San Diego but would like to eventually move back to New York or perhaps move to LA once/if I can land a job with a big law firm. I know that there are many big law firms in NYC with IP practices, but I'm not as sure about the LA market. More generally, I'm not sure if you need to be in the area where the biotech companies are located/whether this is an important factor. Does anyone have any insight/opinion about this?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / 37 yrs old and Stanford?
« on: August 17, 2011, 04:56:04 PM »
I'm a 37 year old PhD scientist. I completed my undergrad and graduate education in the UK in great schools, and did pretty well. Since then I was a post-doctoral scientist (the 'traditional' career path for PhDs trying to break into an academic career as a professor) for about 5-6 years. I moved from the UK to the US in the course of that time, and about 1.5 yrs ago I started working in a start-up biotech company. I'm now looking at making a major career switch to IP law and would really like to go to either Stanford or Berkeley law school as they are the best schools for patent law and because of the proximity to Silicon Valley. I have only just started preparing for the LSAT and I'm scoring in the low 160s...I'm pretty sure with a little work I can bump that up to a 170 score. Is age a limiting factor in me getting into a top law school like Stanford or Berkeley?

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