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« on: October 24, 2011, 04:44:56 PM »
If it's "something less monotonous and more steady in terms of salary" I don't think law is going to help you. Law jobs in the US are harder to come by than a legal education, and when you get one, "monotonous" is an excellent description. Specifically, why do you want to be a lawyer?
« on: October 19, 2011, 12:29:26 PM »
I don't personally know anyone who has, but the option exists if someone wants to. The trick is finding a lawyer who's willing to put in the kind of effort it takes to get someone through an apprenticeship and pass the bar. I imagine it would take a lot to convince someone to do it, or an already close connection.
« on: October 19, 2011, 02:12:31 AM »
California, Vermont, Virginia and Washington: no law school required before beginning apprenticeship, aka "reading the law."
New York: one year of law school prior to beginning apprenticeship.
Maine: two years of law school prior to beginning apprenticeship.
That should be a good enough starting point to check their bar association pages and confirm.
« on: October 10, 2011, 02:55:33 PM »
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.
« on: October 09, 2011, 03:59:31 PM »
If you're set on law school, for your GPA, addenda are going to be your saving grace. Write all you can, as concisely as you can, about the rigor of your undergraduate program, as well as your accomplishments in postgraduate education and in practice. Most importantly, for a personal statement, find a topic that's more compelling than "I got hurt and can't do what I love anymore, but law's interesting!" Find a reason why this is what you want to do and where you were meant to be, despite your success in a previous career that has been stripped from you, rather than seeming like you have no other ideas.
Or, you can skip all of this bull and--if you're willing to relocate to DC--be a federal patent examiner for about the salary range you're expecting from practicing law, with the bonus of not having to be a lawyer and do stupid *&^% lawyers do. It's not just T4 graduates that are having trouble finding work. There are more new lawyers than there are new jobs, by a large margin.
« on: October 02, 2011, 12:23:31 AM »
Since May. I asked for it, since I got tired of submitting reports for tons of spam posts, and they apparently got tired of processing the reports I submitted for tons of spam posts, so they gave me the power to just delete them. Only one ban under my belt, though.
« on: October 01, 2011, 08:09:23 PM »
« on: September 09, 2011, 02:06:25 AM »
I think the instructor is going to be looking for your point of view about this concept.
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:23:56 PM »
Stick with the professors that will give you the best letter.
« on: August 30, 2011, 11:26:43 AM »
Take it when you're ready, no sooner. Once you're sure you're scoring as well as you can on practice tests and are getting nothing more from studying, take it.
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