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Does engineering degree matter?

Does engineering degree matter?
« on: August 02, 2007, 11:33:47 AM »
I am graduating a big ten university with a 3.74 gpa in Electrical Engineering and a 166 LSAT.  I want to do patent law.  How much does an engineering degree matter, and what schools should I aim for( good reaches and targets on the east coast).

pdt07

Re: Does engineering degree matter?
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007, 11:49:26 AM »
From my experience (my degree was in Chemistry from a good school with a wicked science curve), law schools will give you a break on your GPA for hard sciences/engineering, but your LSAT is still what matters.  Your major will not change your LSAT.  Once you try to find a job, if you plan to do IP, you will find that you have an advantage over other students.  For example, one law firm might want students from the top 20% of XYZ Law, but will accept anyone in the top 50% for IP.  If you go to one of the top14, you won't even need a pulse.

BTW - how do you have a 3.7 in EE? 

Re: Does engineering degree matter?
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007, 11:54:23 AM »
I'd like to say hard work, but i think it just came naturally to me.

Re: Does engineering degree matter?
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007, 11:59:55 AM »
Thanks!

I'm also wondering if anyone has any input on what schools i should be targeting.  Do I have a shot at any of the T14s?

pdt07

Re: Does engineering degree matter?
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2007, 12:01:59 PM »
I'm impressed.  My Chem classes were curved to a C/C+, so my overall GPA wasn't too high (my non-science GPA was high though).  Your GPA is already high, your only limiting factor is your LSAT.  However, schools like diverse majors and do like science/engineering students so that should help.  My only recommendation is to get LORs from teachers you can let the school know that you can write well.

I'd say you have a shot at some of the lower T14s and are good for anything outside the T14 (with some possible money from schools like Emory and WashU).

Re: Does engineering degree matter?
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2007, 07:57:56 PM »
I didn't find my engineering degree to be of any substantial benefit.  However, you have an impressive GPA.  If you're set on east coast, I'd suggest GULC PT, Cornell, Duke, UVa, NWU, GW, Vanderbilt, BU, and BC, as well as any other T30 schools you have an interest in going to (the schools I listed have a high reputation and/or a good IP program).

Re: Does engineering degree matter?
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2007, 11:53:54 AM »
I am graduating a big ten university with a 3.74 gpa in Electrical Engineering and a 166 LSAT.  I want to do patent law.  How much does an engineering degree matter, and what schools should I aim for( good reaches and targets on the east coast).

Maybe, if you're on the borderline.

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Re: Does engineering degree matter?
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2007, 12:30:18 PM »
engineering degree doesn't matter. 

at best, it's a soft factor, but nothing like URM.

you should be go for safeties, targets, and reaches (with a few more reaches than the average applicant) just like you would without the EE degree, and hope that you get in off a waitlist...

On the other hand, once you successfully GRADUATE from law school, you will be incredibly hot *&^%. Biglaw and boutique IP firms are actually considering higher salary scales/bonuses for associates holding teachnical, and especially EE, degrees.

Re: Does engineering degree matter?
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2007, 02:03:51 PM »
engineering degree doesn't matter. 

at best, it's a soft factor, but nothing like URM.

you should be go for safeties, targets, and reaches (with a few more reaches than the average applicant) just like you would without the EE degree, and hope that you get in off a waitlist...

On the other hand, once you successfully GRADUATE from law school, you will be incredibly hot sh*t. Biglaw and boutique IP firms are actually considering higher salary scales/bonuses for associates holding teachnical, and especially EE, degrees.

Very true, and it makes me very happy.  The harmful effects of having an EE degree (namely, GPA) in the admission process are compensated for when it's graduation time.

Re: Does engineering degree matter?
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2007, 02:20:09 PM »
On the other hand, once you successfully GRADUATE from law school, you will be incredibly hot sh*t. Biglaw and boutique IP firms are actually considering higher salary scales/bonuses for associates holding teachnical, and especially EE, degrees.

oh yeah, I know it.  indeed, I'm laying the groundwork for a V20 1L SA.  as long as I don't f-up the interview in mid-December I should be able to land even that.  As a bottom-of-the-barrel T14 factory student. 

The NYC firms are due for another increase to at least $180k for working in NYC to make sense; hence once IP salary scale is in place on top of that, salary scale should be around $200k by the time I graduate.  *crosses fingers*

groundwork before classes have started?  hmm.  I should look into that.