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Law School Admissions / Re: When to Apply
« on: April 14, 2011, 09:12:53 AM »
Taking a year off doesn't--by itself--make your application stronger or weaker.  But, if you need the time to study harder for the LSAT, or get your life in order, it certainly can make a difference.

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, 10:38:42 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, 10:00:06 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, 10:31:08 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. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How does this sound?
« on: April 12, 2011, 10:20:02 AM »
Top 50 sounds like it is within your reach; though, you should try to be a bit more proactive about where you want to go to law school.  Depending on where you want to live/practice law, there are good schools and not so good schools.  You might want to check on that.  Then you could have an absolute target for your LSAT. 

As far as prep, it depends on what schools end up on your list.  If you skip the prep course (which is a good investment), in addition to the practice tests, plan on buying these three books at an absolute minimum:

Powerscore Logic Games Bible
Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible
Powerscore Reading Comprehension Bible 

Good luck, and let us know what you decide!

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. 

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