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Re: Going from JD to Engineering to Patent
« Reply #10 on: Jun 9th, 2007, 12:55pm »
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I believe the fastest route to the patent bar exam is to live in a state that allows taking of the FE test without achieving a BS in engineering.
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Re: Going from JD to Engineering to Patent
« Reply #11 on: Jun 9th, 2007, 8:42pm »
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If you are strongly interested in litigation (e.g., patent infringement), you don't REALLY have to be a patent lawyer.
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Re: Going from JD to Engineering to Patent
« Reply #12 on: Jun 9th, 2007, 11:31pm »
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on Jun 9th, 2007, 11:07am, aa wrote:

 
Another option is to qualify for the patent bar under Catagory B, where you just take 24 credits of physics and can sit for the bar since you technically have a "bachelors degree in another subject". Since you have calculus you could easily finish in a year. I'm not sure firms would like that very much, but you would be able to prosecute patents before the Office. Its just a thought.
 
I'm interested in your situation because my wife is starting law school at a top-25 school but has a political science degree. She wishes now that she had a technical degree. I'll probably be following next year, but not at a top-school unless i ace the LSAT. Doubtful.
 
 
 
 

 
Well if you pursue law my main advice to you is don't expect easy riches over and above your technical degree any time soon.  With the massive debt load that I have and the typical starting salary of a lawyer, I won't be making any serious savings until late 30s at best.  In the end it is worth it.  You will basically give up your entire young adult life to make it big later.  If you have children or a family I do not recommend you take the time to go to a low Tier 1 or Tier 2 law school unless you can pay for it out of pocket and are willing to live like a monk for a number of years.
 
Also, be sure you really like law, otherwise you WILL be miserable.
 
The positive side- for those people who like a constant challenge, the pressure, the "eye of the tiger" and the push to get somewhere better in the future, this is definitely the ultimate profession.  Litigation is exciting and you will end up making alot of money.
 
One thing I don't understand is what all this fuss is about bigfirm this and bigfirm that among law students.  Of the 10% that make it there, 70% will get booted and never make partner.  But eventually almost every lawyer strikes big dollars and will reap the rewards of the profession, unless they stay in public interest their entire life which is unlikely.
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Re: Going from JD to Engineering to Patent
« Reply #13 on: Jun 9th, 2007, 11:33pm »
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on Jun 9th, 2007, 8:42pm, biopico wrote:
If you are strongly interested in litigation (e.g., patent infringement), you don't REALLY have to be a patent lawyer.

 
Biopico, that is true, but isn't it a highly competitive field to get into these days?
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Re: Going from JD to Engineering to Patent
« Reply #14 on: Jun 10th, 2007, 12:09am »
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on Jun 9th, 2007, 11:31pm, lawyertopatent wrote:

 
Well if you pursue law my main advice to you is don't expect easy riches over and above your technical degree any time soon.  With the massive debt load that I have and the typical starting salary of a lawyer, I won't be making any serious savings until late 30s at best.  In the end it is worth it.  You will basically give up your entire young adult life to make it big later.  If you have children or a family I do not recommend you take the time to go to a low Tier 1 or Tier 2 law school unless you can pay for it out of pocket and are willing to live like a monk for a number of years.
 
Also, be sure you really like law, otherwise you WILL be miserable.
 
The positive side- for those people who like a constant challenge, the pressure, the "eye of the tiger" and the push to get somewhere better in the future, this is definitely the ultimate profession.  Litigation is exciting and you will end up making alot of money.
 
One thing I don't understand is what all this fuss is about bigfirm this and bigfirm that among law students.  Of the 10% that make it there, 70% will get booted and never make partner.  But eventually almost every lawyer strikes big dollars and will reap the rewards of the profession, unless they stay in public interest their entire life which is unlikely.

 
 
This is a lot of interesting stuff you've said.  Is practicing law a lot like law school?  Because I enjoy understanding and applying the law, but I can't stand law school.
   
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