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Brian Epstein
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First year associate job
« on: Aug 22nd, 2007, 1:14pm »
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I've found that looking for my first patent law job has been much more difficult that I had expected.  I am looking in the D.C. area and went to school at a decent school and lawschool with good grades.  Does anyone have any suggestions for this mechanical engineering educated person?
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Re: First year associate job
« Reply #1 on: Aug 22nd, 2007, 1:36pm »
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I forgot to add a few details to my original post.  I graduated from a top 25 engineering school and graduated cum laude from a tier 2 public law school.  If anyone has any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: First year associate job
« Reply #2 on: Aug 24th, 2007, 2:18pm »
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Em, Do you have engineering work experience? Education does not count too much when you have no working experience. With 1-2 years working as an engineer, you will be hot in the IP and find an associate position. Otherwise, keep on looking. Do you realize how much they are going to pay you as first year associate? It is a lot of money, so, be patient.
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Re: First year associate job
« Reply #3 on: Sep 1st, 2007, 10:57am »
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Join the DC area IP law associations.  Attend the meetings.  Check if there is a website or a newsletter with positions listed.  
 
Use your law school placement office resources--not always very helpful, but worth a shot.
 
Do *not* rule out the smaller shops--these can be good stepping stones to larger gigs, if that is your interest, or great places to work in their own right.  And they may be more likely to hire a newbie without connections.
 
Call (yes cold call) senior patent partners at firms in which you have interest--especially those who went to the same law school or with whom you can establish some kind of connection.
 
Network, network, network (cliche, but appropros).
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