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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #805 on: Dec 18th, 2006, 1:57pm »
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on Dec 18th, 2006, 1:50am, swimfast59 wrote:
Lastly, I'd finish at a lawschool in the area as a visiting student.

 
Is this possible?  I don't think it's possible to  transfer  more than approximately one years worth of law school credits.   Also, I believe there is an ABA accreditation rule that prevents graduating from a law school without essentially two years of course work at that school.  
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #806 on: Dec 18th, 2006, 3:15pm »
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on Dec 18th, 2006, 1:50am, swimfast59 wrote:

I also want to take advantage of the USPTO's federal loan forgiveness program - I think its 10K/year for six years. That would certainly make a dent in my loans.

 
http://www.opm.gov/oca/pay/StudentLoan/HTML/QandAs.asp
 
Q2.  Are employees entitled to a student loan repayment?
 
A2. No.  An agency has discretionary authority to repay certain types of Federally insured student loans as a recruitment or retention incentive for highly qualified candidates or current employees.
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I looked at the uspto website and saw no evidence that they participate in the program. Do you have direct knowledge that the program exists?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #807 on: Dec 19th, 2006, 12:24am »
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First - I didn't say I'd transfer to a law school in Virginia/Washington DC. I said I would finish law school as a visiting student at a school in the area - this means that I'd receive my diploma from the school I'm in now, in NYC, but I would take classes and receive credits from a school in Virginia/Wash. DC, thereby finishing the remainder of school away from NYC.
 
Second - I have no direct knowledge that the USPTO partipates in the loan forgiveness program, however, I know that the Department of Justice does. Perhaps I assumed that all federal agencies have this program - I'm not quite sure at the moment. I will ask around, or perhaps someone on this forum knows...
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #808 on: Dec 19th, 2006, 5:55am »
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on Dec 19th, 2006, 12:24am, swimfast59 wrote:
this means that I'd receive my diploma from the school I'm in now, in NYC, but I would take classes and receive credits from a school in Virginia/Wash. DC, thereby finishing the remainder of school away from NYC.

 
I still question whether you can do that for two years worth of credits, but I guess you really didn't say when you were going to start this.
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« Reply #809 on: Dec 19th, 2006, 6:23am »
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I have one year left of school - not two. There's nothing to question.  Lots of schools admit visiting students for these purposes.  
 
See this excerpt from Georgetown's website:
 
"Students in their final year of studies who are in good standing at an accredited law school in the United States may apply as visiting non-degree students for no more than one academic year.  Visiting students will earn credit for transfer to their degree-granting institution.  
 
The Law Center reviews visiting student applications for both Spring and Fall semester admission.  Visiting applicants are considered for either the Full Time or the Part Time Division.  An application to attend the Law Center as a visiting student will not be considered unless the applicant’s Dean authorizes the student’s attendance and agrees to transfer the credits earned at the Law Center."
 
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