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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #170 on: Aug 16th, 2005, 12:51pm »
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I interviewed with the USPTO Aug. 3rd. for 1600 and haven't heard anything yet.  Did anybody else interview that day and have you heard anything?  For those of you who interviewed with them in the past, how long did it take for you to hear?  Also, does anyone know how many people they interviewed versus how many positions they have?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #171 on: Aug 17th, 2005, 7:37pm »
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See my previous post on this page. I talked a little bit about my interview and offer.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #172 on: Aug 20th, 2005, 6:00pm »
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Does anyone know the detail of the USPTO Law School Reimbursement plan?  Does one have to work there for a certain number of years before they're eligible to participate?  How much would the PTO office contribute towards law school?  Any insight is appreciated.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #173 on: Aug 20th, 2005, 8:34pm »
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My understanding is that you have to work for the USPTO for 2 years before you can get into the reimbursement plan (they are trying to change it to 3 i think). Then they will pay for all tuition at any school in the DC area plus some $$ for books ($500 or $800 per semester).
 
After you are done you still owe them the money, but you can start to work off your debt.  Each month you work for them you reduce your debt by 3 credits, and if you quit before working off your debt then you owe them the outstanding balance in cash.
 
So by my calculations if you wanted to get them to cover the whole nut, assuming 80 credits of part-time law school (from GW part-time, where they say 20 credits/year), you would have to work for them for 8 years, 2.66 months (2 years to qualify + 4 years of law school + 26.66 months to work off the debt (80 credits/3 credits per month)). You probably have to work off the money for books too. ??
 
If i have anything wrong please correct me - what i read was from a few years ago and my calculations might be wrong.  
 
It seems to me that if you get through law school and owe them the money, you will have worked there for 6 years and will be making some good bank. On top of that, if you went to a private school (i.e. not George Mason, which has resident tuition), the cost per credit is over $1200. So if you are "paying" them back 3 credits a month that would be $3600, which would be a heck of a lot more in after-tax dollars which you'd have to pay the debt off with (close to $5000 a month?). So once you are through law school a firm or company would have to throw you a lot for it to make sense to quit the USPTO. Again, these are more of my musings, fwiw.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #174 on: Aug 21st, 2005, 12:17pm »
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DCBound, Thanks!  I appreciate it.  This is the detailed info that I've been looking for!    
 
If the increase goes to a 3 yr qualification period, a person would be looking at 9-yrs total time before they're clear and free on their law school debt....yikes!  Shocked
 
Any word yet on when the qualification time will be increased to three years?  
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