IRRX, it seems you enjoy provocation and antagonism.
Personally, if I were in your position, I would take the engineering degree and job experience to work for the Patent and Trademark Office. That would prevent the loss of three years' salary, the hassle of trying to find a job after leaving law school, and would provide a salary at least comparable to what you would be making after law school (if you found a job right away). So, instead of spending a ton of money for three years, you could be making it. I mean, it would be in DC, but I can think of far worse places.http://careers.uspto.gov/Pages/PEPositions/Jobs.aspx
Do you want to take the patent bar?
Have you ever considered networking with attorneys to become an expert witness?
It seems like it's almost impossible to predict where you'll end up after law school. The most predictable areas are Personal Injury, Family Law, Tax, and Patent. In other words, if you try hard to get into one of those practice areas, you have a much better chance than if you wanted to do Mergers and Acquisitions or corporate litigation.
I think your background is cool, but many small firms won't care unless then need a patent attorney (which would require you to sit for the patent bar).
If you want to open your own firm, you need to consider how good you are at networking and selling, both of which are more important than your engineering background.
A T2 school will in no way guarantee a job, of any kind, after graduation. Working in engineering instead of a legal environment while you're in law school will only aggravate this when it comes to hiring. Like Jack said, unless you're taking the patent bar and the firm needs a patent attorney, anything regarding engineering will be perceived as irrelevant (or even viewed negatively, as a waste of time that could've been spent doing legal work) to what they want you to do for them, which is almost as a rule grunt work in any area of law they personally don't want to handle, for any new associate.
Because your goal is to be a partner in your own firm, anyway, you still don't have to go to law school. You just have to know something about business, including accounting, recruitment and hiring practices, marketing, business development, human resources, and know a couple lawyers, and you could be a managing partner of a firm tomorrow. They could even be 3Ls now, and creating the firm could be their first application of what they learned in Business Associations, or whatever they're calling it at their school, once they've passed the bar and are ready to jump into practice.
That expert witness thing Jack talked about: hugely lucrative. I can't believe how much those guys get paid. Do that, yesterday.
1) Can you explain to me what lawyers do?
2) What excites you about doing that?
2) Its difficult to give a short answer to this question. I will list few points and I can elaborate on them further if you'd like:a. Opportunity to start my own businessb. Personal and professional growth c. Opportunity to make more moneyd. Its a new challengeRegards,Student79
Quote from: IrrX on April 10, 2013, 01:45:59 PM1) Can you explain to me what lawyers do?1) Lawyers practice law.
Quote from: student79 on April 10, 2013, 10:16:34 PMQuote from: IrrX on April 10, 2013, 01:45:59 PM1) Can you explain to me what lawyers do?1) Lawyers practice law.This brief response conveyed far more than I'm sure even you wanted it to. Don't go to law school.