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Peter Foss
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Re: another science guy?
« Reply #5 on: Apr 11th, 2005, 9:36pm »
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I really do want to become a patent attorney, but the way people keep talking on this board, it seems like I need a PhD and a law degree to get a job as a patent attorney. Thats why I'm headed to grad school. I don't want to get out having a M.S. in biotechnology and a law degree and not be able to get a job. I could go to Pharmacy school and never have to worry about employment. So I have started to turn toward that. So what realistically am I looking at for if I had continued on my original path M.S. biotechnology and JD? I don't care about small firm vs large firm. And what type of salary/working conditions am I looking at?
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Re: another science guy?
« Reply #6 on: Apr 12th, 2005, 11:48am »
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I think the law degree is more important, because that is an absolute requirement if you want to be an attorney.  The advanved science degree would be nice, but in reality when you start working in a firm to prosecute patents, you'll work in a lot of different scientific disciplines, not just a small focused area that was your major when you were a grad student (which by the time you are a lawyer will have been five years ago, and how relevant will it be then?).
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Re: another science guy?
« Reply #7 on: Apr 13th, 2005, 10:28am »
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Be a pharmacist:
 
1) Regular, manageable hours
2) Great pay
3) Low stress
4) A sense that you are making a positive contribution
 
Your family will thank you for it.
 
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Re: another science guy?
« Reply #8 on: Apr 13th, 2005, 10:47am »
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Agreed. Get your pharmacy degree, go work at some hospital and you can make >$100K/yr for 40 hours of work a week (depending where you are in the US of course). If you still want to go to law school then go part time.
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danny
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Re: another science guy?
« Reply #9 on: Apr 13th, 2005, 5:01pm »
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why on earth do pharmacists get paid so much money?   Huh
 
really...
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