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Law School Rankings / Re: T3, T4, etc..
« on: March 27, 2008, 02:38:14 PM »

If you're absolutly set on doing Health Law go to SLU- hands down.

I agree with this.  I don't know how it's possible to have your focus that narrow, but to each his own I guess.

I have a question.  What will happen first - a letter of some sort from Brooklyn (Admission/Rejection/Waitlist) or the burnout of the Sun.  ???

Is the admissions office's "fast as molasses" speed indicative of the whole administration's pace?  I'd heard the staff was incorrigible, but I didn't want to believe it.


Mizzou Up - The campus's massive renovation must've helped
SLU Down - I heard some professors were leaving

Hofstra, Syracuse, Buffalo.. NYC is getting tougher by the minute.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: PACE LAW SCHOOL
« on: March 24, 2008, 03:52:07 PM »
Depends on what you want to do with your degree. If it's clean bathrooms or houses, go to Pace. If you're more interested in doing janitorial work in big offices, I'd go to NYLS.

Here's a homework assignment.. ask 10 janitors if they are happy in life, and ask 10 big time lawyers the same question.  I'm willing to bet there's an equal number of YES answers between the two.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Missouri 1L taking questions
« on: March 24, 2008, 11:20:25 AM »
Here is the company that I rent through... This is the ONLY place I can give an actual review on. Brandon Woods place is nice, quite, and has a good rental co.

I have friends that live here:

There is just a couple to look at. If you google like "apartments in Columbia, Mo" you will find all the big apartment complexes. Also craigslist is a way to go.

I'd recommend the first over the second.  The Southampton area is a nice, quiet area where you'd be hard-pressed to find a kegger within a mile.  Mainly because it isn't within walking distance of campus, so kids have nowhere to stumble home.

Katy Place is around some massive new developments where you are likely to be distracted by the people in a handful of ways.  Anywhere around Bearfield/Jefferson Commons won't be conducive to your intense studying.

East campus is where I spent most of my time partying while in Columbia, but like Bearfield/SE Columbia, you will hear bottle rockets outside your window all the time, kids will be stumbling home drunk in front of your house/apt every night of the week, and parking can be difficult.  Not that I wasn't guilty of partying too much, but just remember this when figuring out where to live.

Maybe west of campus, still within walking distance?  It seems quieter than the rest of campus, and may be a short walk.    I know some people that live(d) on Burnam, and it's close enough to walk while still remaining nice and quiet (from what I can tell).

Hope this helps, good luck!

I mean, SLU sent me a pretty sweet looking pen. MU didn't. I guess that's the tie-breaker, eh?  :D

I'm a fan of it.  Aerodynamic.

I'm familiar with both, and while SLU isn't in the best part of town, it's relative.  As in, it's dangerous if you're not from a big city.  SLU has good ties to St. Louis, whereas Mizzou has ties all over the state.  Most places will recruit both, and they are close in the rankings, so if I were you I'd visit both to get a feel for the environment.

Mizzou is in a college town from top to bottom.  You can walk from your building to lunch, sit down and eat, and be back in an hour.  SLU will probably require a car ride both ways.  There's a larger variety of options on a Friday night in St. Louis.  However, if you're the type of person that likes to drink a beer on a Friday night and people watch, the people you watch at Mizzou tend to be a little easier on the eyes.  But if you're beyond hanging out at bars and going to football games, then you should lean towards SLU.

And as people have probably told you, SLU specializes in Health Law.  Mizzou, with its incredible journalism school, is more into politics, as many state and local politicians went to UMC.

So in all honesty, I don't think you can go wrong, just pick the one you're more comfortable at- the rural college town or the school integrated into the (relatively) big city.


What I think may give you an edge is studying EU IP law, or comparative Asian IP law.  IP is intrinsically borderless, so the intersection of international jurisdictions and treaties and IP will be a hot area over the next five years.

That's right!  I've heard this too.. I have a friend who works in Germany and she said that her company keeps expanding its IP department, hiring new lawyers all the time.  Hopefully I'll get to study abroad and talk to some people who work internationally in that sector.

You are speaking about a specific facet of IP law, namely patent law.  More specifically, it seems that you're addressing a particular position within of the practice of patent law, which is that of a federal patent officer. 

If you are planning on going becoming a patent lawyer, your undergrad background will likely count very much.  You might be able to use your undergraduate background to leverage a position at a better firm coming from a lesser law school. 

The days of few IP lawyers are over.  I estimate that by the time you and I are practicing, IP lawyers will almost be a dime a dozen.  They most certainly will be in 15 years. 

Ah, It makes sense now.  I think the reason I call IP "patent law" is because people have repeatedly suggested it over the years, because of my ugrad major.  But, in all fairness, it was a few years back, before people went grad degree crazy.  In fact, I jumped into the job market right after my BS because everyone I knew it was a hot major and I needed to get experience lickety-split.  Looks like I missed the boat on patent law.  The first boat at least :)

However, I've heard the life of a patent examiner is no different than my current career anyway, salary aside.  In other words, I'd still be in a lab environment with a bunch of antisocial oddballs.

Well, I guess that's why I was hoping for 'Dozo, oh well, que sera, sera.

these days the Bio side is flooded and competitive.  Likely due to PhD's leaving the bench and looking for other careers.

Ah, see I'm one of the reasons why it's flooding.  I've been a bioengineer in a neuroscience lab and it just isn't all it's cracked up to be.  The medical business is just out of control, and research is no different - everyone tries to do the vogue research and they trump up every result like it's a breakthrough, just to get bigger monitors on their computers.  \

So I guess your answer is that it's just as flooded and competitive as everything else.  Thanks!  ;)

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