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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Dinged at Tulane
« on: April 04, 2008, 08:40:16 PM »
My understanding that the staus check goes to 'Congrats' in you're in and 'A decision has been made' if not. Is that correct?
I just read the 89-page thread, and this is not always the case.  Best of luck on it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L 1L Taking Questions
« on: April 04, 2008, 08:19:01 PM »
Thanks much!  Looking for it now.


I've been accepted at Tulane and W&L so far.  I'm interested in IP law, patents in particular.

I'm pretty impressed with botbot. :)  I have a few questions remaining, though, despite (and sometimes because of) his strenuous efforts so far:
Quote from: botbot, page 16
4. Tough question.  Tulane is full of self-confident, smart people who understand how trivial this entire process is.  There are students who will be disappointed with their job prospects on graduation, but most students came into the school with an idea of the job market.
Could you explain this for someone who is, basically, clueless about the legal job market?  (If possible, for someone who is hoping to head into patent and more general IP law.)

A patent attorney I've emailed with recently told me that in patent law, school rank really wasn't all that important.  I'm not sure that's really true, though, since she worked for the USPTO (they paid for her law school) and so had some good experience to start out with.

Regarding your cost/benefit analysis on p44, do you have any information on how this would apply to patent attorneys?  And how is placement??  I know NO doesn't have the job market of D.C., but since I've seen in this thread that D.C. firms interview at Tulane, I'm hoping that might help for 1L and 2L summer jobs.

FWIW, I should be passing the USPTO registration examination some time in the next month or two, assuming the USPTO doesn't reject my application to take it. (I'm a cat-B, so there's always some concern.)

Quote from: botbot, p40
*could have kayaked home today*
Seeing as how I really, really enjoy kayaking . . . how is it down there?

As far as classes go, how is Tulane's IP program?  I'm assuming it's relatively small;  does anyone know how George Washington Law looks on Tulane students visiting to take classes there?  How about business law, in particular relating to tech startups and other entrepeneurial ventures?

I must admit to being a little peeved, since I didn't get the famed muffaletta postcard. :(  But Tulane offered money, so that's ok, I guess.  Maybe.  *sniff*

I'm a little intimidated by W&L's small size, and my perception is that competition would be a lot more intense there.  OTOH, its higher rank and proximity to D.C. might make it a better choice for a patent law career.  The deal they offered isn't quite as good, but is close.

Quote from: bill braski, page 73
my girlfriend who is attractive and way too nice even made a comment about how unfortunate looking the admits were
Oh, good, I'll fit right in!

Speaking of which, how do people form study groups, and so on and so forth?  And does it extend into the 2L/3L years when classes are no longer preselected?

Thank you all very much for your efforts.  Reading all of this has eased my worries considerably.  As a nontraditional, I've been wondering if I could survive going back to school.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Best tier 2 school in Chicago
« on: April 04, 2008, 02:57:44 PM »
I've heard good things about Kent's IP program from a professor at another law school.

I've read good things about DePaul, if you want to go into government.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L 1L Taking Questions
« on: April 04, 2008, 02:51:45 PM »
Apologies if this has been asked before;  I've got to run for work in about five minutes, and just found this forum (and thread), so I can't read the whole thread today. :(

I just read a comment over at about W&L doing something odd during the 3L year, and I'm wondering what's going on.  The user on LSN quipped:
Quote from: alltimelow at LSN
With W&L implimenting that wacky 3L program I think I'll pick W&M. It's a safer bet and isn't risking dropping to the bottem of the top tier by doing something drastic like W&L is.

W&L made me a good merit scholarship offer, but this now has me a little worried.  It's the best school to which I've been accepted, and I'd like to go there, provided of course that they haven't just fallen off a cliff or something.

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