Are there quite a few students at GW going into patent law? I plan to go into patent law (Electrical Engineering undergrad), so would this "diversity" advantage actually be a disadvantage at GW?
Thanks in advance.
Due to the large size of the school, and the fact that GW is known for patent law, there's a lot of IP/patent law students. However, it's not everyone, and this is still an advantage. Remember you are competiting with different schools for jobs, not just your classmates. The strength of the program at GW means there's a lot of IP alum - this will only help you. From what I hear from the career center, students with science backgrounds concentrating in IP still have a leg up in the job search.
Very true. Almost all of last year's 1Ls who got summer law firm jobs were in this category according to the CDO. Also, many firms have separate IP-only interview schedules during OCI in addition to their general interview schedule. I've heard that IP people get firm jobs no matter where they are ranked in the class. Not sure if its true but considering how highly GW IP is regarded, I wouldn't be shocked if it was.