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It sounds like you are on the right track. 

Don't focus too much on what type of law you want to practice.  Your obsession right now should be the LSAT.  Strongly consider signing up for a live prep course.  I don't know how that will work with  your job, but it will make a huge difference. 

You can also check out the website I contribute to for pre law information that might be interesting/usefull.  As far as what school to go to, start with the region and work your way down US News.  That will give you a starting point for schools to consider. 

Law School Admissions / Re: LOR
« on: April 13, 2011, 09:38:42 AM »
Generic LOR's generally won't help you; but if you are considered a "presumptive yes," at your prospective law school they typically will not hurt you either--which means you get in.

You still have plenty of time to develop a relationship worthy of a better LOR.  Here is an article on law school letters of recommendation that might help.

IMO, it's very interesting and well written (so far)... I like the "out of my element" theme, but I think you will need to supplement it.  Here is an article on writing law school personal statements, hope it helps.

Good luck.  Its nice to see you working on this early, it gives you a lot of time.   

All the responses are spot on. 

The only thing I would add is that IP law is as boring and detail oriented as normal engineering.  If you are unhappy doing that, you probably won't enjoy IP law.   To be an IP or patent lawyer you have to have a degree in a hard science.  You do, most lawyers don't--which would make it easier to find a job.  To get the 6 figure jobs with your background, you need to be in the top 30% range of a law class at a decent school.  You will be surrounded by a lot of other smart people.  Top 30% is not a given. 

The engineering field has really drained me out (very miserable in it), and I do not feel I am a very good engineer, but I feel I would be natural and excellent in the law field.

Law School Admissions / Re: Minor VS Internship opportunity, etc.
« on: April 13, 2011, 09:00:06 AM »
I am a contributor at Law School Coach, you can click on my signature or this link and explore the free pre-law information.

Law School Admissions / Re: Minor VS Internship opportunity, etc.
« on: April 12, 2011, 09:31:08 AM »
1) IMO, all else being equal, a .1-.2 improvement in GPA is more valuable than an internship. To qualify the statement, however, I am assuming that you have other activities on your resume to satisfy the admission folks.

2) Its not far-fetched to go to school in AZ and then take the GA bar.  You will have more difficulty finding work in GA than you would if you went to school there.  But, having a connection to the area will help to some degree.  The problem is going to be contacts.  If you want to end up in GA from an AZ school, you should spend your law school summers in GA interning/clerking. 

Good luck!

It does seem a little odd. 

It is reasonable if the firm is going to extensively train you in a specific practice area.  From their perspective, they probably don't want to show you all the tricks only to create a competitor.  The restrictions seem reasonable, and the termination clause works in your favor. 

No problem.  A prep course is still the way to go.

Otherwise, don't underline or highlight.  Instead, write notes on the test.  Note the main points, skim over examples and details supporting the main points.  If a question mentions a specific point or detail, reread before answering. 

You might consider a commercial prep course or tutor.  It will be worth it--this section is half the test.

In general, becoming familiar with the different kind of questions is important.  You might also read up and study about logical inferences and fallacies.  Here's the general process I used to get ready:

1. Read the question first so that you know what you will be looking for.

2. Read the paragraph. Pay attention to modifiers such as: all, none, some, most, every, if, only if, unless, etc. These types of words play important roles in the argument.

3. If the paragraph presents an argument, identify the conclusion of the argument.

4. Evaluate the argument. Make sure you identify the relationship between the premises and the conclusion. Spot any flaws.

5. Pre-phrase an answer. Predict an answer based on knowing the question and reading the passage.

6. Go to the answer choices. If none of the answers matches your pre-phrased answer, or is similar, eliminate choices until you have only one or two possibilities remaining.

Good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Should I take the Test Master course?
« on: April 11, 2011, 08:33:09 AM »
IMO, you should either take the full course, or buy a bunch of prep materials and practice on your own.  My experience is that students only make significant improvement after a serious amount of study.  I think that 150 hours of practice/study is the minimum you need for significant improvement--the weekend course won't get you there. 

Given that the LSAT counts more than that stellar GPA you've spent 4 years working on, it deserves a significant committment.  Do the work, and you will be rewarded.

Good luck!  Let us know what happens...

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