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« on: June 20, 2010, 11:34:00 PM »
Considering I keep my gpa up and score about a 165 on my LSAT (my practice exams are around the 163-166 range), will I be able to get into an Emory or Boston U (or a school of that caliber)?
Why waste your time at a toilet like Boston University? Go someplace decent. With a 3.88/165 you'll have a good shot at most of the top 25.
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:47:36 PM »
Is it typical to become partner after 7-10 years of dedicated work?
What do you mean "typical to become partner"? Most large law firms are "leveraged". This means that 90% of the people who start as associates get thrown to the wolves within the first seven years. They can either go in-house somewhere or start their own firm.
The ones who make partner are the ones whose brother-in-law is an executive at a Fortune 100 company, and who therefore bring in business.
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:32:10 PM »
When you write that you're "very interested in IP law", you're being silly. First, it looks like you haven't even applied to law school yet, correct? Much less taken a law class related to it? So how do you know?
Second, there are multiple areas of "IP law" -- at the very least, there is litigation (under which one can lump patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation), there is trademark (minor area, mostly when you have a business client for whom you handle other stuff), there is copyright (potentially a career, especially if you went to work for an outfit like RIAA or ASCAP), and there is patent prosecution. You could also possibly lump in "sports and entertainment law" under IP; it's mostly a mix of contract and copyright, along with salary negotiations and bailing drunk drummers out of jail after bar fights.
The only one that absolutely requires any sort of science or engineering background is patent prosecution, and that's because you have to know the science in order to do the job. If you know nothing about chemistry, and a client comes in to talk about the process he's developed for making octanitrocubane, you're not going to be able to understand a word of what he's saying, nor how to write it up as a patent application.
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:02:28 PM »
Yeah, pointless credentialism sucks, doesn't it. It's largely because of all the foreign science students flooding into the U.S., getting Ph.D.s in the bio and chem areas, thereby diluting the value of those degrees for everyone. Why hire a lab tech with a mere bachelor's degree when you can hire a Ph.D. for $35K/yr? Why hire a patent attorney with anything less?
« on: March 11, 2010, 05:41:38 PM »
The doctorate I am talking about is Juris Doctorate.
Just fyi, absolutely nobody calls a JD a "doctorate" in the real world, and if you try to get people to call you "Doctor SJF" based on your JD, other attorneys will ridicule you behind your back.
« on: March 11, 2010, 05:36:18 PM »
Might be too late, but keep in mind that for your upper-level electives, since you are specializing in IP, there will be far fewer students competing for spots in those classes. We have some limited-enrollment classes at my school (Illinois), and whereas the annual Caymans class gets filled up within a few minutes of registration opening, I've never had a problem getting a spot in IP classes. (In fact, for one of them this year, there was a real risk that it might be cancelled due to too few students signing up. Luckily, we just barely made the cutoff.)
Hastings might have proportionally more patent geeks, but they won't be the whole student body, and so you won't have to compete for spots with nearly as many people as, say, the classes on Environmental Law, or Gender Discrimination Law, or the special seminar on Bankruptcy that one of our profs ran this year (limited to ten students, filled up in less than five minutes from reg opening).
« on: March 11, 2010, 05:26:10 PM »
The JMLS scholarship is dependent on remaining in the top third of my class. I figure, 18K/year tuition, plus about 12-15K/year in living expenses leaves me with around 90K in debt after three years.
IIRC, Wisconsin gives you in-state tuition after your first year -- but I could be mistaken, so verify that. . . .
Don't count on being in the top third. Everyone there is going to be trying their hardest. Random bad luck can also kill you; I spent a large chunk of my 1L year coughing my lungs out, and it had (ahem) a deleterious effect on my GPA. (I was in about the bottom quarter in 1L; my first semester this year I was in about the top third.)
« on: March 11, 2010, 05:18:56 PM »
I don't know what the situation is now, but UIUC was placing decently in NYC before the economy fell apart. Most of us want to stay in the Chicago area, since that's where most of us are from.
« on: March 11, 2010, 05:14:18 PM »
It only states that as long as I remain in good academic standing. It does not specify a minimum GPA or top percentage of the class, so it does not seem to have many strings attached.
That sounds like a pretty good deal. Let us know how you end up deciding.
It *is* a good deal. AFAIK, the only way you will lose your scholarship here (I'm at UIUC) is if you are flunking out anyway.
I very nearly went to [redacted] instead (the only warm-weather school I got into), but am glad I didn't, because my 1L year was sheer hell (multiple illnesses), and given [redacted]'s "top half" requirement, I *would* have lost my scholarship there.
Very glad to be at UIUC. It's a great school, too.
« on: March 11, 2010, 05:06:14 PM »
Seattle Law School in Georgia? Near Macon?
WHAT THE HELL...
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