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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs GMU
« on: April 08, 2004, 11:37:44 AM »
The faculty at GMU tends to be libertarian, not conservative.  If you don't know the difference you should.  Basically, it means there will be a lot of skepticism of government regulation in all its forms, but you are unlikely to find much intolerance.  In terms of students, it is very balanced, but there are a few students who come to GMU because it's one of the few law schools that isn't very liberal, and they tend to be more  outspoken, so class discussion tends to seem more conservative than discussion in the hallways or over lunch.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs GMU
« on: April 04, 2004, 02:57:26 PM »
Assuming equivalent grades, a student from GW will do better in the job market in general than a student at GMU, but I'm not sure that's true of the patent program, because GMU has such a
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well-connected, intensive one http://www.gmu.edu/departments/law/ip/.  Of course all things aren't equal, student quality is a bit better at GW, so you can expect to do better at GMU.  Also, students with science/math backgrounds tend to do better at GMU than they do elsehwere, because the program is more rigorous and less liberal artsy than at other schools.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs GMU
« on: April 04, 2004, 12:01:46 PM »
I didn't keep a running list, but I remember one of them was Class of 2003, and my current contacts at GMU don't have PhDs either.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs GMU
« on: April 04, 2004, 08:37:07 AM »
I don't know where the Georgetown grad who told me he regrets going there instead of GMU works, but I just went to the site of the biggest IP firm in DC, Finnegan Henderson (www.finnegan.com).  If you click on a search for their attorneys, you can search by law schools.  I search for GMU, they have fifteen alums working there.  I clicked on eight of the names, none had Ph.Ds, only one seemed to even have a Masters.  I have friends at GMU who are in the IP program, they are doing well but not in top ten percent, they aren't having any problems finding jobs.  I think there are plenty of jobs out there for IP lawyers.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs GMU
« on: April 03, 2004, 10:51:11 AM »
GMU IP's program is very well-regarded, at least in the DC area.  I went to a cocktail party recently where I met a Georgetown grad who does IP.  He told me he regrets not going to Mason, because so many attorneys at his firm (Finnegan) went there and they have so much less debt than he does.  If you want to do IP and stay in the DC area, go to Mason. If you have your heart set on being at a top NYC law firm outside IP, go to GW.

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