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Your age will not limit your chances for admission at Boalt or Stanford. Very few attorneys have any training in hard sciences, and you will likely be employable no matter where you go to law school. For most (if not all) biglaw IP jobs, however, a degree from a prestigious school is pretty much required.

Consider this, however: if you can score 170+ on the LSAT you may get a full ride at Hastings, Davis, UCLA, or USC. If you are intent on staying in Silicon Valley it might be better to stay local, make connections, and graduate with no debt. Although none of these schools are T14, all they are well respected.

Here's my unscientific anecdotal evidence: I know a guy with a PhD in microbiology and a JD from Hastings. He was hired straight out of law school by one of the biggest firms in California (patent law), no problem. He actually had several job offers at graduation and got to pick and choose. The other new hires at his firm had JDs from Harvard, Stanford, etc., but his science background got him the job.

Good luck! 

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Online Law Schools / Re: Taft or Concord Law School
« on: April 17, 2012, 11:34:39 AM »
Most government legal jobs will probably not consider graduates of either school. I recently worked a government law office in California and all of the recent hires were either former interns from ABA schools or experienced attorneys from ABA schools. Hiring is so competitive right now that government offices have the luxury of being very picky.

If a Taft or Concord grad passed the baby bar, passed the bar, worked solo for, say, five years and built up lots of good trial and transactional experience, then applied to government job . . . well, maybe. Still a longshot. I would contact each school and ask how many graduates are working in government.

I don't know where the OP is located, but many ABA and all CBE school offer part-time programs for students who work full time. I started law school in my early thirties with a family, a mortgage, the works. I'll graduate from an ABA part-time program in a few weeks. It is a grind, but it can be done!

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Pursuing an LLM / Re: Perks to an LLM
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:54:03 AM »
There are perks to an LLM, however those perks accrue to a very small number of students. Foreign attorneys, scholars, and tax lawyers might all benefit from an LLM assuming that it's obtained from a top law school (think NYU for tax law, etc).

Many students who graduate from non-elite law schools wrongly believe that an LLM from a more prestigious institution will give them an edge in the private sector. If they can get into a top ranked program, perhaps. An LLM from a tier 2-3, however, is probably a waste of money for the vast majority of students. I know a guy who got his JD at Loyola-New Orleans, his LLM at Duke, and was hired as a professor. I think his situation is the exception rather than the rule.

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