« on: April 15, 2007, 08:56:11 PM »
Get it done early if you can. Law firms don't require you to have it done until you are finished with your JD. BUT, this will change soon. The reason it hasn't been required until you got your JD done was because the test used to be only given twice a year, in one location (DC). Now, ever since just three years ago, it became a computerized test, which can be taken just about anywhere through Prometeric. Right now, it is possible to get a decent amount of repeats fro the old paper exams from 2002/2003 (the last years of paper tests). However, in the future there will be less and less repeats from these tests, meaning, the test will get harder. Also, as I said, law firms will start strongly recommending it be taken before or during law school, because it is no longer a major ordeal getting to a testing location.
BTW, I used PRG, and it is overkill, it teaches you a lot about patent law beyond what will be on the exam, it is extremely useful material though. So, if you are interested in seriously going into IP law, and it isn't just a perhaps, I would recommend it, you will find it useful for more than just the test. It also has a student rate, which chops off something like 400-500 off the price tag, they just implemented it last January, likely to stay competitive with PLI.
Also, you need to go the the interproplaw forums if you are seriously studying for the test, there is a ton of useful information, like test questions, especially on the 170 page or so prometeric thread. You also need to know the information on patentbarquestions.com cold.