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There are a lot of people who cannot get enough fund to attend law school?  I thought this is the rare case. (but of course, I refuse to be one of the rare cases)

From what I can see from the LSAC data, about 10,000 people are admitted to law school each year and do not attend. That's anywhere from 15-20% of those who are admitted. I'd imagine that many of those people realize that they cannot afford law school somewhere in the process, unfortunately. I think we're lucky that the GradPLUS became available because it gives people with lower credit opportunities to attend grad school.

That's the thing I don't get, doesn't GradPLUS ensure that Yiplong can attend Chicago?

No, I talked to fin aid ppl at NU and Chicago, they say it depends on my credit score.

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There are a lot of people who cannot get enough fund to attend law school?  I thought this is the rare case. (but of course, I refuse to be one of the rare cases)

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: IP Law?
« on: July 31, 2006, 12:46:01 PM »
Everything that I've read on the subject indicates to me that the BS is all you need.  In Electrical and Computer Engineering areas, this appears most true.  There appears to be a shortage of Patent lawyers in those areas.  The PhD may give you a bit of an edge in interviewing as it is more schooling and the possibility of having better academic contacts to use as expert witnesses.  I'm planning on patent with just a BS, though, and don't expect to have a problem.  It'll be 3 years before I've confirmed my research by actually getting a job, though.

I am interested in doing computer related IP work, as my undergrad was in Computer Engineering.  I wonder whether I should do a MS/JD combined degree.  I really don't want to do it if I don't need it though, MS in CS is not going to be fun.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: IP Law?
« on: July 31, 2006, 12:02:19 PM »
Do people do non-patent IP law with only a BS degree or MS or PhD degree?  What level of expertise in the related field is expected of the lawyer that does IP? 

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: What size laptop are you getting/have?
« on: July 31, 2006, 11:15:35 AM »
IBM takes so damn long to ship my laptop, I am considering getting a Dell D420 instead.  Anyone has any experience with this new Dell computer? 

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: IP Law?
« on: July 31, 2006, 11:05:54 AM »
I see a lot of lawyers at IP firms having both JD and PhD in, say Biomedical Engineering or Computer Science.  Does having such advanced degree help a lawyer on the job or getting the job?

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Choosing the Right Law School / IP Law?
« on: July 31, 2006, 09:13:14 AM »
What is the requirement for doing work in the field of IP law?  If we want to do IP law related to information technology, what level of expertise is usually expected?  BS? MS? or PhD? 

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My credit score is 580, they say this is mediocre.   >:(

Ouch. I understand your dilemma now. Even with regular and grad plus stafford loans you are going to come up short on your yearly budget. You are left in a bad way without the ability to take out private loans to make up the difference.

Is there any type of educational loan program offered through the school which does not rely so much on credit scores - sort of like an alumni fund?

Oingo

That's what I am trying to find out, that's why I have been trying to delay turning down UIUC's fullride.  If I don't get enough loan to cover me, I will just go to UIUC for free, no regret there, I mean shits happen all the time, it might be unfortunate having to settle for a less prestigious education due to financial reason, but I am relatively lucky comparing to other people who's doing worse, such as a kid who got sick on the day of the LSAT and scored 10 points lower.
 

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I hear subway workers in NYC make more money than that with full pensions.

LOL, very true, MTA workers on average make 65k with full pension, and free health care.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Skipping the Essay During Practice
« on: July 31, 2006, 07:59:32 AM »
Waste of time, don't do the essay.

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