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Advice please!
« on: Aug 21st, 2006, 9:33am »
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Hello,
 
Hopefully someone can offer me some advice.
 
I am a 4th year PhD student in Pharmacology at the University of Illinois, and I hope to be graduating by the end of my 5th year. I am preparing myself for a career in Patent law, but being in an academic environment there isn’t that much support or advice I can get.  
 
A brief history: I have my BS in Biological Sciences and a BA in Sociology from the University of California-Irvine. I graduated with a 3.45 GPA, but my last 2-3 years I had practically straight A’s (3.87)…same story of “I screwed up my first year”. Anyways, now I am in grad school getting my PhD. I was planning on entering R&D at a pharmaceutical firm, so I wasn’t really concerned about getting straight A’s in my classes…of course I still passed, but my GPA is a 3.0. Well after going to some seminars and talking with some people, I opted out of that career path, and have decided that patent law is by far more of something that I am geared to do.
 
My current goal is to go to law school and become a patent attorney.
 
Anyways, a few questions:
 
1. Does my Grad GPA hinder my acceptance to a good law school (im not talking  Harvard, more like top 100)? I have tons of leadership activities, volunteer work, as well as awards, papers and society memberships….
 
2. What kind of scores should I be aiming for on my LSAT? Considering my UGrad and Grad GPAs.
 
3. Should I take the patent bar before I apply to law school? I am thinking this would show that I have a keen interest in the field, and also during the summer before I start school I can get some work as a patent agent.  
 
4. Are there law firms or companies that hire you as a patent agent, and then later help pay for your law degree - as in night school?
 
Hope I haven’t bombarded you too much! Your response will be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks,
 
~ Mori
 
 
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Re: Advice please!
« Reply #1 on: Aug 21st, 2006, 10:13am »
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on Aug 21st, 2006, 9:33am, mmohs2 wrote:
1. Does my Grad GPA hinder my acceptance to a good law school (im not talking  Harvard, more like top 100)? I have tons of leadership activities, volunteer work, as well as awards, papers and society memberships….

 
Many law schools rank candidates primarily on undergraduate GPA and LSAT score.    If your goal is strictly to attend a top 100 school, you'll find plenty that care very little about your post graduate grades.
 
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2. What kind of scores should I be aiming for on my LSAT? Considering my UGrad and Grad GPAs.

 
Esteem highly.   You should aim to get as high an LSAT as possible.   If you take the test more than once, many schools will average your scores.   I don't see any advantage in not attempting to get the highest LSAT score possible on a single taking of the exam.
 
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3. Should I take the patent bar before I apply to law school? I am thinking this would show that I have a keen interest in the field, and also during the summer before I start school I can get some work as a patent agent.

 
You should take the exam.
 
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4. Are there law firms or companies that hire you as a patent agent, and then later help pay for your law degree - as in night school?

 
Yes.   Some of those employers might care about your grades.
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