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Patent bar:  before or after law school?
« on: Apr 7th, 2006, 1:17pm »
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I will be starting law school full-time this Fall.  I am currently working as a chemical engineer and intend to be a patent attorney after school.  Since I have several months before school starts, should I study for and take the patent bar?  Or should I just focus on preparing for 1L and getting the best grades I can?  Would having passed the bar improve my chances of getting a job the summer after 1L?  Thanks for your advice.
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Re: Patent bar:  before or after law school?
« Reply #1 on: Apr 7th, 2006, 4:22pm »
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I would not recommend doing any preparation this summer for law school other.    Preparing for and passing the patent bar would be a far more productive use of your time.
 
If nothing else, doing so will get you a more presitigious (meaning smaller) registration number, and it just might help you get a summer job.
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Re: Patent bar:  before or after law school?
« Reply #2 on: Apr 15th, 2006, 2:48pm »
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I second what Isaac said.  I took the patent bar before I started law school this year and I have a great summer job lined up.  
 
Preparing over the summer for your 1L classes is unlikely to help you.  You could read some supplements (E&Es and the like), but I have found that reading such materials when not assigned by the professor is largely unhelpful.  Sometimes harmful in that it can just confuse you if the supplement presents something in a different way from how the prof presented it.  Bottom line is that it won't give you much of an advantage over your classmates, if any.
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Re: Patent bar:  before or after law school?
« Reply #3 on: Apr 16th, 2006, 9:14am »
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What patent bar review course do you recommend?  I'm a 1L now, and I plan on studying for and taking the patent bar this summer.  I would like to take a home study course, and would like to spend less than $1,000.  Any suggestions?
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