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ouchitburns

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Masters Program?
« on: April 18, 2007, 07:38:23 PM »
I am committed to defering for a year thinking that I would work in my field at one of the top pharma companies.

Recently, though, I was offered the opportunity to do an accelerated masters in chemistry (it is from a canadian school where a masters is not the end result of an incomplete PhD).

Does anyone have a sense of whether this would be valuable for IP or if working at the large pharmaceutical for a year (doing good research) would be as valuable?

It would be a hard year but I would be willing if it confered a real advantage.


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Re: Masters Program?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2007, 07:47:37 PM »
I am committed to defering for a year thinking that I would work in my field at one of the top pharma companies.

Recently, though, I was offered the opportunity to do an accelerated masters in chemistry (it is from a canadian school where a masters is not the end result of an incomplete PhD).

Does anyone have a sense of whether this would be valuable for IP or if working at the large pharmaceutical for a year (doing good research) would be as valuable?

It would be a hard year but I would be willing if it confered a real advantage.



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Re: Masters Program?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2007, 07:53:03 PM »
Chemistry.

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Re: Masters Program?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2007, 09:29:43 AM »
If I were you, I would just go straight to law school.  I don't think either a master's or a year working would be more beneficial than having that extra year of practical training in IP law in a firm.  I've spoken to patent lawyers at one of the big Pharma companies, and they advised me to just go straight on to school because companies care about you as a lawyer, not as a scientist.  I don't think the master's would help that much because there are a good number of Chemistry Ph.Ds going to law school and from my experience working in industry, master's and bachelor's degrees are pretty much equivalent, so I don't know that a company looking to hire a lawyer would care that much that you had a master's.  You have some great law school options right now, and I think coming out of one of them and getting to work would help much more than delaying.