Regarding the number of GMU attorneys at a prestigious IP firm, I'd want to know a few questions. First, what were their backgrounds? Do they have PhDs? Second, when where they hired? During the flush late 90's or more recently? Third, how did they end up at the prestigious firm? Did they clerk or lateral? And last what was their class rank? I'll bet good money that the prestigious firm recruits at GMU but only takes candidates in the top 5-10% with a credible science background while that same firm will look people from GW at about 20% or so. Also I hear potential law students talk about IP law all the time and I'm not an IP person but my understanding of the market is that there was a time when very few engineers went to law school but now law schools have plenty of engineers. You need more than an interest in IP law to do IP law. Plus you're going to competing for those few jobs with people with PhDs from prestigious graduate schools.
well-connected, intensive one http://www.gmu.edu/departments/law/ip/. Of course all things aren't equal, student quality is a bit better at GW, so you can expect to do better at GMU. Also, students with science/math backgrounds tend to do better at GMU than they do elsehwere, because the program is more rigorous and less liberal artsy than at other schools.
Just a general impression related to your happiness there, which really should be a top priority, GWU is left of center, GMU is right of center. GMU is also VERY male. Very low female ratio. The building, to me, also feels a little sterile.
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