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:
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.)
*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.
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.