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Let me combine this question with another one that I got via PM:

Do you think you had any advantage cuz of your major?

I didn't get any specific commentary from adcoms, but my general impression is that the EE major is not helpful if your numbers don't cut it (as a rough rule of thumb, you will usually not get admitted unless at least one of your GPA or LSAT is above the median). If your numbers qualify you, however, I think the engineering background becomes somewhat of a plus. I don't know if that is much use at other schools, but at Chicago, where there is a less clear numerical cutoff, I think it is helpful. My guess is that my EE background + some persistance with the admissions office probably helped me to avoid getting WLed at Columbia after I went complete pretty late (which was their fault!)

3.96 GPA, summa, but I don't have LSAT back yet.

So, what do you mean by "some persistance with the admissions office"? What happened w/ Columbia?

Personal Statement / Re: Deciding on topics
« on: October 09, 2006, 10:19:48 PM »
Excellent, thanks!

Geez, I just re-read what I wrote. I think I was on something a few minutes ago or something. Sorry about the grammatical wasteland I left behind.

Anyway, one more question MTG: How is Chicago's IP program (patent law esp.)?

Personal Statement / Re: Deciding on topics
« on: October 09, 2006, 10:14:55 PM »
Thanks julie, great advice! Re-reading 4 a few times is starting to make me reconsider it. I've asked a few other people about 1, but they seem think it might be boring. Then again, they all lived through the whole ordeal with me, so their perspective is a bit skewed.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: NYU or Columbia for IP (patent) law
« on: October 09, 2006, 09:51:20 PM »
Also, I've been told to worry first about the overall quality (i.e., ranking) of the school before I worry about specific program strengths, so you almost can't beat CLS and NYU.

Personal Statement / Deciding on topics
« on: October 09, 2006, 09:47:02 PM »
Hi everyone,

I'm trying to decide between four PS topics. Two I'm highly considering, two not so much. BTW, I'm an electrical engineer (current EE grad student/TA) if that helps.

Here are the two I'm seriously considering:
1. My senior design project (a system to allow customers to place their own orders in restaurants). I'd begin with a challenge and how we overcame it, move to a (short) description of the project and our success (grand prize), then talk about how it was THE factor in my decision to study law. We've been going through the patent process on it and that's how I became interested.
2. My time as president, and current advisor, of Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society). I'd discuss my leadership experience, how I became a better communicator because of it, having to work with a disparate group of people, a high school outreach program I created, and how it ties it (marginally) with law school - I was on a committee to revise the national constitution. My worry on this one is that it'll be a restatement of a topic on my resume.

Here are the two I'm not really considering, but if I had a compelling reason...
3. My desire to be a sci-fi writer. Most interesting of the four, I think, but very risky.
4. My experience tutoring disadvantaged high school kids in math and engineering, and specifically how I helped one kid consider science and engineering as a career choice.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Where should I go next fall? / Re: NYU or Columbia for IP (patent) law
« on: October 09, 2006, 09:22:29 PM »
Thanks CLS Troll! How do you like Columbia in general?


Read some of your blog, especially the parts specific to an EE. You give some good advise, and I really appreciate your, um, "freeness" with the documents.

I've taken a similar strategy with my LORs, getting one from my technical writing professor. Also helps that I was an English major when I first started undergrad.

Did you get any specific commentary on your engineering background from adcoms? I'm wary of emphasizing things like courseload and weed-out courses like you did in my PS; I'm pretty arrogant in real life, and I'd rather than not come off too strongly in my statement.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: NYU or Columbia for IP (patent) law
« on: October 09, 2006, 09:15:53 PM »

Sure, whichever one offers you more money has the better program.

Good advise. What if I don't get any money from either? Of course, I'm considering other factors (location, housing, happiness of students), but is there any quantifiable difference in the quality of the IP programs?

Anyone? Bueller?

Where should I go next fall? / NYU or Columbia for IP (patent) law
« on: October 09, 2006, 08:45:53 PM »
If I somehow get into both NYU and Columbia, does anyone have advise on which has the better IP program (specifically patent law)?

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