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Patent Attorney Career Advice
« on: Dec 26th, 2006, 7:01pm »
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I've already posted this topic on a another forum, but here goes.  
 
I am hoping that someone out there will be able to help me with the following dillema.  
 
I graduated several years ago with a Bachelor's in a non-science field. I went straight to a top-50 law school. Since then, I have been working in general litigation in a small firm.  
 
I really want to be a patent litigator or prosecutor. I am seriously thinking about going back and earning a Second Bachelor's Degree - this time, in electrical engineering, chemical engineering, or chemistry. Based on my credits from my first bachelor's degree, I anticipate that I can finish my second bachelor's in two years. Then I would sit for the patent bar exam.  
 
My question is this - would any one recommend this path for someone in my situation. Would law firms look down upon someone with two bachelor's degrees? Particularly BigLaw.  
 
After I finish my degree in EE, I am concerned that employers (good law firms) will turn around and say - "We can't hire you because you have not been working for the past two years while you were studying for your second bachelor's" or "you don't have any experience as a patent litigator."  
 
I really need some help on this because if I decide to go this route it may end up ruining my legal career.
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