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« on: Mar 1st, 2007, 10:07am »
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I am a part-time 1L with an EE degree.  It looks like working for a firm this summer isn't going to be an option, which is fine because I still have my engineering job.  My question is: would it be better to be a research assistant for an IP professor, take a grad-level EE course (I'm thinking of RF/Microwave), or just do my engineering job this summer?  
 
Also, how much are my undergrad grades going to matter in the future?  I have 12 years of experience, but a 2.8 UGPA.  I did have two areas I did particularly well in, though: microcontrollers and DSP.  Also, I'm open to living pretty much anywhere in the U.S.
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Re: 1L Summer
« Reply #1 on: Mar 1st, 2007, 3:54pm »
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Some employers (e.g., lawfirms) may ask your transcripts (both UG and G) when you apply for a position.  
 
on Mar 1st, 2007, 10:07am, EEPatent_Wannabe wrote:
I am a part-time 1L with an EE degree.  It looks like working for a firm this summer isn't going to be an option, which is fine because I still have my engineering job.  My question is: would it be better to be a research assistant for an IP professor, take a grad-level EE course (I'm thinking of RF/Microwave), or just do my engineering job this summer?  
 
Also, how much are my undergrad grades going to matter in the future?  I have 12 years of experience, but a 2.8 UGPA.  I did have two areas I did particularly well in, though: microcontrollers and DSP.  Also, I'm open to living pretty much anywhere in the U.S.

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Re: 1L Summer
« Reply #2 on: Mar 1st, 2007, 8:24pm »
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Big law firms categorically have tunnel vision on GPA.  Smaller firms will be more interested in your unique strengths.
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Re: 1L Summer
« Reply #3 on: Mar 1st, 2007, 9:49pm »
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Kinda curious about what a big firm constitutes for an IP firm, given that there are only around 30k-40k IP lawyers in the whole country. Does a big firm mean 500+ lawyers, or is it something smaller when it is an IP firm?
 
There can't be very many "big firms" if it is 500+, at least, ones that don't just have a "branch" of IP law and really are mostly a general practice firm.
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Re: 1L Summer
« Reply #4 on: Mar 2nd, 2007, 7:33am »
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on Mar 1st, 2007, 3:54pm, biopico wrote:
Some employers (e.g., lawfirms) may ask your transcripts (both UG and G) when you apply for a position.  
 

 
 
My law GPA is fine, it's just my UG I worry about.  Maybe I should submit my grad school transcripts as well.  I've taken a few grad EE classes and done pretty well, though I wasn't really working on a degree, just hoping to learn more.  
 
Hopefully my engineering experience helps, too.
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