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UndergradCBE
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Should I work first?
« on: Jun 20th, 2007, 9:11am »
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I am an undergraduate at a top 10 university, and I am majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. I will graduate next year, and this summer I am interning in one fo the big 4 financial firms in the Philadelphia office. Is it important to get a job in an engineering field before I go to law school? I am taking the LSATS in September, and would prefer to go right to law school next year.
 
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aaaammm
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Re: Should I work first?
« Reply #1 on: Jun 20th, 2007, 10:25pm »
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Law schools care about your Lsat and GPA- that's pretty much it. See lawschoolnumbers  (google for it)
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UndergradCBE
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Re: Should I work first?
« Reply #2 on: Jun 21st, 2007, 6:57am »
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Thank you for replying, but I was more concerned about getting a job as a patent lawyer with no experience in the field, not getting into law school. Any thoughts?
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MrSneed
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Re: Should I work first?
« Reply #3 on: Jun 21st, 2007, 9:22am »
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We have some attorneys at my firm that went straight through from engineering school to law school.  Some of them gained engineering experience through summer internships, lab work, or the like.  I think this was an important factor when considering their employment.
 
But, the vast majority of attorneys here had a previous career spanning anywhere from 5 years to 25 years before becoming a patent lawyer.  I think that makes them quite valuable.  They understand the client better and have a better understanding of the art.
 
I know for myself, I felt that I learned more in the first year out of school than I ever did during school.
 
From a hiring standpoint, I think that you either have had to kill in engineering school or have had some solid experience to be considered seriously.  Doing exceptionally well in law school seems like less of a factor in this profession - at least in my firm.  I think people at my firm would rather work with a competent lawyer who is an excellent engineer, rather than the other way around.
 
It's really up to you though, we have some very good 25-26 year old first-second year attorneys and some very good 40-45 year old first-second year attorneys.
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