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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where to go for IP
« on: April 05, 2006, 10:56:14 AM »
I'm in the same boat as you with respect to patent law and geography, though I am applying in next year's cycle, and it's a tough decision. Ideally, I want to practice in the northwest, I'm from Oregon, and I would like to stay up here, most likely in the Seattle, WA area. In the Northwest, the best IP school is probably University of Washington, which is in the city that I would like to end up in, but if I can get into a Boalt or Stanford, I'm going to go there instead. Short of that, or amazing scholarship offers from some of the other schools I will apply at, such as Columbia/Michigan/Georgetown, I'm going to end up at University of Washington.

Honestly, if I were making the choice for you, I would stay at UCLA if it was going to cost a lot less than University of Chicago and you're a little skeptical about Chicago, because not only would you be saving money and getting a nearly-as-respected degree, but you would have direct, intimate access and knowledge of the firms in the area with some alumni connections and what not. I may be wrong, but from what I've seen a degree from UCLA would represent you almost as well in the LA area as a degree from Boalt or Stanford, and probably better than almost any other law school in the country. I know this isn't really what you asked about, and I would choose Chicago if given a choice among the four that you listed. But if you had included UCLA in your list, I would have instantly said, "Go to UCLA."

I'm sure it depends on the program and its reputation. I have a relative out on the East Coast who did the Georgetown part-time program while he worked as a paralegal or some such thing. I may not even be applying to Georgetown, but after hearing from him about it I checked it out briefly, and their part-time program was basically how their law school got its start and it appears to be very well regarded, just like the full-time program at Georgetown. My relative graduated years ago from Georgetown, not sure how long ago, but he was hired on at a large firm in Virginia, made partner, and is now head of the firm ( = $$$). So, I would not say that Georgetown's night school hampers you in any way, though you may not be able to intern/clerk as early because you will not have taken as many courses.

Law School Admissions / Re: STANFORD
« on: April 02, 2006, 11:46:54 PM »
I don't know who you are, and I'm sure that you did a lot of work for your GPA.  But face it, a B is basically a grade you can get without any work in history and poli sci classes.  Yeah, I'm a moron, considering that I was never cut out for engineering, but you can't compare a scale where "C" is basically a failing grade (poli sci), to a scale where "D" is a failing grade.

And you basically defined the issue yourself: there is nobody who has a 3.8 in engineering, I mean nobody, who has time to do a 13hr/wk off-campus job.

What I meant by real work is the kind of work that would be useful at the kind of job you get as an engineer after graduating.  Again, sorry if you took it the wrong way.

I've been reading this board for a week or two and finally decided I needed to chime in on this topic because you're claiming things that are just plain false. I don't know what it's like at Cornell, I don't go to an Ivy League School, but my major is electrical engineering and my school is T25 in that engineering discipline. My GPA is 3.95, I work between 12 and 20 hours a week, and I am definitely not the only one I know of with a GPA above 3.8 and a job.

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