You can be a Patent Agent in ANY state if you take the patent bar. You only need to move to DC if you want to work for the govt.
If you want to work for companies and those trying to be the next Steve Jobs, you can do that on the side for a contract for stock if they make it (plus costs) and stay a Dr with that as a side hobby untill you get a big enough bite and then retire on it.
That's worth a thought too.
This is true. I just didn't want to comment on that, since I don't know what the job situation is going to be like in individual states. I just know that the federal side is going to be going absolutely crazy with patent examiner jobs with the more streamlined patent application process.
Just one question, do you think I should apply to my "wish list" of schools (UCLA, USC, Loyola, Pepperdine) or should I be realistic and target tier 4's?
If I were you: none of the above. It doesn't sound like being a lawyer is what you're really after, so giving up three years of income and paying somewhere over a hundred grand in tuition for uncertain job prospects would be an exceedingly bad idea. But, if you can't live your life without that "what if I had gone to law school" feeling, then I'll give you the advice I give everyone else who wants to go to law school:
Get into the best school you can, meaning a T14 school, for the lowest price possible. If you can't get into a T14 school, pick a geographic area where you want to practice and get into the best school you can that feeds that legal market, for the lowest price possible. And while you're in law school, network like it's your job.