My main question is at what point is it the most worth to do this. I have always been planning on just doing this after graduation, when I will (presumably) have the assistance and support of a firm wanting me to pass both the state bar, and subsequently the patent bar. I've just heard that being able to take the patent bar is typically good enough given the demand for the legal area. I guess I'll look into it more if I'm unable to get a decent paying summer job for this next summer.
How'd you study (PatBar materials, someone else)?
How much time committment did the studying take?
How much more time would you estimate it would take someone who hadn't been working as a paralegal in a patent boutique for the last few years (you did say that's what you've been doing, right?)?
What's the monetary cost (study materials + exam fees + anything hidden)?