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Eggbert
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Patent Attorneys - Law School Advice
« on: May 28th, 2006, 1:32pm »
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I recently graduated with an electrical engineering degree and I am going to law school next year.  I have to decide which law school I will attend in the next couple weeks.  I just want to see what everyone's take on my two options are.  I am wondering which option will be financially better for me taking into account not only the out of pocket cost, but also the job oppertunities that will be available when I graduate.  The two schools I am trying to decide between are:
 
ASU (ranked 53rd) with scholarship and in state tuition (~ 30k / 3 yr)
Chicago-Kent (ranked 60th) without any scholarships (~ 120k / 3 yr)
 
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Patent Attorneys - Law School Advice
« Reply #1 on: May 28th, 2006, 4:33pm »
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I'm no lawyer, but I am a thinker.
 
I say go for the cheaper school.  You'll have 100,000 reasons to be happy.  As yourself if the more expensive school will land you that much better of a job to cover the difference.  If the answer is "no", I think you know what to do.
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Re: Patent Attorneys - Law School Advice
« Reply #2 on: May 28th, 2006, 9:48pm »
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Decide where you want to work after graduation. If you want to work in Arizona after law school, go to ASU. If you want to work in Chicago, go to Chicago-Kent. It's pretty simple. I don't know much about ASU, but Kent has a pretty decent reputation in IP law in Chicago.
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Re: Patent Attorneys - Law School Advice
« Reply #3 on: May 30th, 2006, 2:20pm »
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I was in sort of the same boat as you a while ago, before I applied to schools.  My question was whether I should go to the school in the city I want to work that is ranked near the bottom of the top 100, or go out of state to the school that I get into with the highest rank.  I figured with my numbers I could probably get into top 40 or so.  Anyhow, he recommended that if I knew already which city I wanted to work in, then it would most likely work to my advantage to go to the school that is local.  He said that unless you are going to a school in the top 20 or so, the rankings can be almost meaningless to firms especially if they have personal positive feeling toward a local school.  
 
Anyway, I chose to not even apply to out of state schools.
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