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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UMN vs UIUC ($)
« on: April 11, 2007, 09:53:45 PM »
Having talked to my IP dork friend, he had the following to say:

If you are looking to do general IP work, trademarks/copyrights, he feels both schools will suit you well. However, if you want to do patents, he recommends here as we have quite a few specialty patent classes (patent prosecution, litigation, advanced patent practice, etc).

Also, goes back to where you want to practice IP work. I feel like Chicago has a lot more to offer but as a aspiring litigator with a humanities background, you could stun a team of oxen in their tracks with what I don't know about IP. 

Good information, thanks!  Yeah, I'm fairly confident I'll be staying in patent law.  I didn't waste away all of last spring getting a patent practitioner registration number just for show.  It looks like UMN has a few courses focused entirely on patents.  I wouldn't be surprised if UIUC has more.  Having said that, I hear in patent law, you learn a lot on the job.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UMN vs UIUC ($)
« on: April 11, 2007, 09:03:42 PM »
UIUC lets you get residency after 1 if you jump through the hoops.

Yeah, I've already considered buying a tiny house or an acre of land.  I haven't checked out UMN's residency requirements, though -- maybe it's just as easy (or no more difficult, rather). 

they have a renowned IP program, which is what you're going for.

I know they have a renowned engineering program.  I don't recall seeing any references regarding the particular respect given to their IP law program; in fact, I believe Minnesota is rated as a top IP program by US News (which could mean nothing), whereas Illinois is not rated at all.  But yes, they have an IP law review, which is quite an attractive opportunity.  I'd like to sources mentioning UIUC being renowned in IP.

Not that I should be thinking about this without any knowledge of how I'll do, but while touring UIUC, I thought it was interesting to hear that they've hired someone to focus solely on helping students get judicial clerkships.  It seems they haven't done as well recently on that end and are trying to catch back up, which is good to see.

But for the perpetually honking geese (who will soon be dispatched via my newly purchased air rifle) it is simply gorgeous.

Geese suck.  I live by a lake right now, and they won't leave here, either.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UMN vs UIUC ($)
« on: April 11, 2007, 02:22:44 PM »
Research on NALP, martindale and USNews has not led me any closer to a decision.  I'm going to have to visit UMN.  Southeast placement is about the same for both (8, 9%).  I'm sure UIUC's respect in Chicago is what drives its median salary so much higher than UMN, which is all well and good _if_ I knew I wanted to work in Chicago.  But I've never even been there!  Am I paying $30k more just for a nicer setting at UMN?


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Where should I go next fall? / UMN vs UIUC ($)
« on: April 11, 2007, 12:28:23 AM »
Fielding this on LSD as well as TLS...

I'm an EE w/ patent registration looking for a portable JD degree.  I've been accepted to UIUC and UMN, UIUC with a $$ scholarship.  UIUC has huge respect in the engineering community; does this rub off on the recognition IP firms (and clients) give to it?  Both of these are typically strong regional schools, though I expect my background will carry me further.

Is it worth paying full price to go to UMN over $$ off UIUC, given that parks and outdoor activities are important to me?  Will UMN afford me any additional employment opportunities, or is a nicer setting the only perk?  I don't have a particular preference towards location after school, though family is in southeast.  It might be nice to make it back.

I guess I could try to see if UMN will give me any money, but given my low GPA that's almost laughable.

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