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(Message started by: Kris on Mar 7th, 2007, 1:56pm)

Title: Does the school matter?
Post by Kris on Mar 7th, 2007, 1:56pm
I have a solid Comp. Science background (BS+MS+Work Exp.) and a good GPA. But my lowly LSAT (149) is going to limit my LS options. I am hoping to get into one of the Tier 3 schools.
If I am able to pass the pat bar by this summer, before I begin LS, will it matter which LS I attend, if I want to secure a Summer Intern and Assoicate position at a BigLaw firm?

Title: Re: Does the school matter?
Post by scottp on Mar 7th, 2007, 4:03pm
It definitely helps to go to a higher ranked school to get into big law firms.  Otherwise, you will have to be really highly ranked in your class.

Title: Re: Does the school matter?
Post by Law Student on Mar 7th, 2007, 5:10pm

You should always try to aim for the highest ranked school you can get into, but if you can't, it may be a good idea to attend a law school that may be lower-ranked but that has a very strong IP/Patent program.

Some schools with very strong Patent programs include: Santa Clara University, Franklin Pierce Law Center, DePaul University, University of Houston, Cardozo-Yeshiva University, a list exists out there on the web.

Title: Re: Does the school matter?
Post by Lawyer on Mar 17th, 2007, 4:11pm
Retake the LSAT.  Your school practically determines whether or not the BIGLAW firm door is open or closed.  You must take a 2 month course and do well on the LSAT.  If you want big law firms to look at you, you need to go to a top tier school.  Remember top tier means the top 100 law schools.  Look them up on US News.

After you are in a top tier school you still have to be at the top 50% of the class.  That is if you want the easy path into  the top law firms.

Trust me I know because I work in a top law firm right now.

Title: Re: Does the school matter?
Post by actionjackson on Mar 23rd, 2007, 9:44am
What are the advantages of going to a BIGLAW firm for patent work instead of a boutique (sp?).  Aren't all patent lawyer salaries higher than other types of lawyer  no matter where you end up?  Don't all patent lawyers work less than other types of lawyers?  Please explain.

Title: Re: Does the school matter?
Post by plex on Mar 23rd, 2007, 4:10pm
As he said, a higher tier school helps you get into a biglaw firm.

Keep something in mind though, there are downsides to working at a biglaw firm, its really only designed for one of the many types of IP lawyers, many who go into it decide it is not for them, even if they have all the pre-reqs that are desired.

First, lets define a biglaw firm, it mostly means a firm with 500+ lawyers, and there is only ONE firm in the entire world that works specifically on IP law with that many lawyers, so you will be working within a department in the firm, they won't specialize in IP law.

Biglaw generally pays more than smaller firms, and drastically more than business/government. You do pay for it though, they also have much higher expectations of how time you work in a week, usually something over 80 hours. Biglaw also usually works primarily on litigation, which really has nothing to do with the other major aspects of IP law, you cannot just immediately jump into your own firm with only that experience and be successful, at least not on your own.

IP lawyer salaries are higher than other types of law, so choose what hours you really want to work, what kind of environment you want to be in (this will vary by firm), and choose what type of IP law you would like to try first. You will make enough money to be comfortable no matter what you do, as long as you have the requirements to break in (big IF, the stiff criteria is why IP law is not easy to enter into without some planning or you happen to be an amazing individual who was lucky enough have picked up the required degrees and/or experience).

Title: Re: Does the school matter?
Post by biopico on Mar 23rd, 2007, 7:38pm
It would be worth thinking about your legal career in a different angle.  

Is your career goal to make money as much as you can?  Is it to enjoy your life with reasonable amount of money? Is it worth aggressively pursuing your legal career?  Do I have personality to fit into corporate legal career, small boutique, or big lawfirms?

For me, I know exactly what I'd like to have and to be.  Thus I know where I will fit better or not.

Title: Re: Does the school matter?
Post by Drew83 on Mar 24th, 2007, 1:11pm
I understand that going to a top school makes it much easier to get into BIGLAW; however, isnt this only for your first job?  Consider an associate who has worked 3 years in a small/boutique IP firm.  Isn't it going to be relatively easy for the associate to transition to a BIGLAW position??

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