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Isaac
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #810 on: Dec 19th, 2006, 10:10am »
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on Dec 19th, 2006, 6:23am, swimfast59 wrote:
I have one year left of school - not two. There's nothing to question.  Lots of schools admit visiting students for these purposes.

 
I see your point.   Yes, your plan coud work.   The PTO is a good place to get experience, but trying to go to law school during the probationary period as an examiner might be fairly difficult.  You might find working as a tech specialist in DC at least as good an opportunity, and a law firm is probably far more likely to accomodate a law student's schedule than is the USPTO.  
 
Good luck with whatever you end up doing.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #811 on: Dec 19th, 2006, 11:50am »
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Why not do part-time law school and work at the USPTO?  Seems like part-time law school would pretty easy to handle during the 8 month training period.  It would take you a little longer to finish, but you'd get a lot of good real, world experience.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #812 on: Dec 19th, 2006, 4:21pm »
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on Dec 19th, 2006, 10:10am, Isaac wrote:

 
I see your point.   Yes, your plan coud work.   The PTO is a good place to get experience, but trying to go to law school during the probationary period as an examiner might be fairly difficult.  You might find working as a tech specialist in DC at least as good an opportunity, and a law firm is probably far more likely to accomodate a law student's schedule than is the USPTO.  
 
Good luck with whatever you end up doing.

 
I don't know from personal experience.. but isn't the third year the easiest of the three?  
 
I'll bet some of the people at the patent office wouldn't want to hire an examiner who says he'll leave within a few years.  You may want to consider telling them you're interested in starting as an examiner and transferring to a job at the patent office that requires a JD some time after you graduate.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #813 on: Dec 20th, 2006, 9:15pm »
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on Dec 19th, 2006, 4:21pm, daven wrote:

 
I don't know from personal experience.. but isn't the third year the easiest of the three?  
 
I'll bet some of the people at the patent office wouldn't want to hire an examiner who says he'll leave within a few years.  You may want to consider telling them you're interested in starting as an examiner and transferring to a job at the patent office that requires a JD some time after you graduate.

 
Thanks Daven - that is a good idea. I mean, I'm really open to any opportunities in general. If I'm happy and I'm paying off my student loans, then woo hoo...
 
As for the easiest years - it depends on what courses you decide to take and when. I only have ten credits left after June, so I don't think it would be too difficult to finish up and work at the USPTO. Also, Isaac, I must say that I doubt a law firm would be very accommadating. Perhaps, but in my experience, law firms want your blood. Its a rarity to find a place that is concerned with making its employee's lives easier!
 
I'm definitely looking forward to the career fair on 1/5. Thanks Isaac and Daven for your comments.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #814 on: Dec 21st, 2006, 5:47am »
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While it is true that law firms want you to work, my experience watching the treatment of law students at the firm I work at is that the firm has been quite accomodating including allowing the students to work reduced hours if they so request.  Some firms might be different, but at least you might be able to avoid working for them.
 
However, I'm also a former examiner who took a job at the PTO after graduation from law school.  My impression of the PTO is that they are not nearly so accomodating for beginning examiners.   I don't personally believe that going to law school on a part time basis while a probationary examiner is a good idea, but maybe some can pull it off.   Because you have only 10 credits left, perhaps its more plausible that you could finish.   Maybe you could even consider going to summer school before starting at the PTO if you get hired.
 
Good Luck.  
 
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