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MidnightRider
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Law student in need of advice
« on: Aug 1st, 2006, 12:46pm »
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Here's my story. I am about to start my second year. I recently transferred from a Tier 2 school to my home-state Tier 1. I have a BS and a MS in chemical engineering. My only work experience comes from an internship and working as a graduate research assistant for my MS thesis.  
 
The state I live in does not have a great demand for patent lawyers, but there are a few firms with patent practices. There are also good opportunities in the neighboring states. The intellectual property course selection is not great at my law school, although it is considered a very good law school within this region.  
 
My question, essentially, is what can I do while I am in law school to make my resume more attractive to potential employers? I will say that I probably have almost no shot at writing on the law journal. It is highly competitive at this school, much more so than at my old school. After getting a peak at last years submissions, I do not like my chances. This might not be such a terrible thing, since this journal generally does not delve into areas of law in technology.  
 
Should I break my neck trying to get published in some IP law periodicals? Try to do research for the IP professors? Moot court or trial competition to develop a prowess for litigation? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am looking for activities that would give me the best return for my time investment. Thanks in advance!
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bjr
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Re: Law student in need of advice
« Reply #1 on: Aug 1st, 2006, 1:50pm »
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IMO - the best way to improve your resume is to sit for and pass the USPTO registration exam (aka patent bar).
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Blakesq
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Re: Law student in need of advice
« Reply #2 on: Aug 4th, 2006, 3:06pm »
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I agree on taking and passing the patent bar.  YOu might also try to get a summer clerkship at a patent law firm where you would draft and prosecute patent applications.
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PK
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Re: Law student in need of advice
« Reply #3 on: Aug 7th, 2006, 8:11am »
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A related question- I'm starting law school in a few weeks (!) at a school which has an IP journal.   As an IP student, would activity with the IP journal serve my IP future better than Law Review?  Which would future employers consider a prettier feather in my cap?
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PK
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Re: Law student in need of advice
« Reply #4 on: Aug 7th, 2006, 8:11am »
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A related question- I'm starting law school in a few weeks (!) at a school with an IP journal.   As an IP student, would activity with the IP journal serve my IP future better than Law Review?  Which would future employers consider a prettier feather in my cap?
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