If I'm going into IP litigation, how do big firms' (e.g. OMM, MoFo, Sidley Austin, DLA Piper, Paul Weiss - not super-prestigious Cravath/Wachtell) GPA cutoffs differ between UT and Georgetown?From 1990-2009, Georgetown has ranked on average of 13.05th, while (if you throw out 1998, the year it fell out of the top25) UT has ranked on average of 16.05th. This fact would argue that the GPA cutoff differential is significant. However, if you look at the years 1999-2009, this difference shrinks to 14.00th vs. 15.45th, arguing that the differential, if any, is not so significant.I've gone to the UT ASD and met its incoming class, and I think I'd like living in Austin and going to school with this group, but I don't know how deciding to go there vs. Georgetown would affect my future career prospects. I don't have a particular geographic region that I'd like to live in, although I'd prefer not to live in DC. I've heard that IP attorneys are in enough demand that geographic considerations aren't as crucial for associates in that field, anyways.An acquaintance of mine at MoFo stated that their general UCLA/UT cutoff is a 3.1. Unfortunately, she can't say what their cutoff is for Georgetown, nor what it is for IP litigation in particular.
How is DC the heart of the IP world? From my research, it appears that the largest #s of IP cases are on the Northern California, Southern California, and East Texas dockets. I doubt many tech companies work out of DC/NoVa.
Genetics should qualify you to take the patent bar, so that's good. Even if you only want to do litigation, most firms want to be able to call you a patent attorney (not just an "attorney with an IP focus" or whatever), and that requires a reg number. However, if you're angling to get into pharma/biotech litigation, keep in mind that you'll be competing with a lot of people who have graduate degrees, which clients in this practice area really like to see.
Just because most cases are in certain districts doesn't mean the firms litigating those cases are based there or even have satellite offices there. DC has the USPTO, which means a large contingent of IP practices.
I don't know why I'm bothering but I just want to point out that on your list, Paul weiss is considerably more selective than the others.