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Re: Going from JD to Engineering to Patent
« Reply #20 on: Jun 14th, 2007, 9:37pm »
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on Jun 14th, 2007, 4:25pm, jjGirl wrote:
aa - that's an excellent idea.
 
You have no idea what you are getting yourself into with EE - Calc 1 isn't even close to the amount of math and theory that goes into it. Besides that, as others have mentioned, it's going to take you ALOT of time to graduate. EE isn't a subject that you can just push yourself through - you have to really like it.
 
On another note, I have had several people in my classes that were lawyers that were going back to school just to do patent law. So, it is doable. I don't think a law firm would really care about your previous schooling. To be honest, patent lawyers are in such high demand they'll take anyone with a background.
 
Keep in mind that most all engineering schools are small so all the 1st, 2nd year and alot of the third year courses are during the days. You can't really work fulltime and go to school.... unless you have a very flexible job.  
 
Good Luck!

 
"To be honest, patent lawyers are in such high demand they'll take anyone with a background"......<- is this true?  I don't think it's in this much of a demand.  You still need to show you're a competent engineer to do patent prosecution, correct?  Just having an EE degree from "Harvey Mudd College of Engineering" is not necessarily enough, is it?
 
 
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Re: Going from JD to Engineering to Patent
« Reply #21 on: Jun 15th, 2007, 1:10pm »
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Well, of course you have to be competent. But, I don't think it matters much where you received your engineering degree (except if it's from Strayer or something like that). I went to a school that doesn't have a reputation of being an "engineering school." I didn't have any trouble finding a job.
 
And, where I'm located (DC) patent attorneys/agents are in demand. Just think, how many engineers did you graduate with that are going to law school or taking the patent bar? We're a rarity! A law firm will snatch you up in a heart beat!
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