I'm finishing up a masters in BME this year, will be pursuing a research fellowship with a very prestigious medical school next year. My adviser says I may be able to turn this fellowship work into a PhD thesis. So I have an opportunity to penetrate a program, I'd otherwise get flatly rejected from.
Problem is, my goals after the fellowship were to go to law school. But after consulting various people, it seems like a PhD for BME/BioE is needed for patent jobs for attorneys. So is it a ridiculously crazy idea to pursue the phD with the intent of going to law school after?
I'm only a year out of college, and really enjoy the intellectual stimulation of a PhD, but I also don't want to conduct research for a career, and would prefer patent law.
So is this is crazy idea? Would I be too old after law school? I completely understand that this will not be easy, but it seems like a opportunity in disguise.
First, let me second bleedingpen - the potential age issue you mention won't be a concern. I know more patent attorneys who did not
go straight to LS from college, than vice versa (maybe it's just the circles I run in). But anyway you're talking about a few years between UG and LS, so you'll be, what, 30 (+/-) on LS graduation? I didn't even start LS until my mid-30's.
As for the rest of your post, how wigglish is the "may be
able to turn [it]... PhD"? Are you going into debt during the fellowship? If so, that's where my weighing would be - the potential overall value of the fellowship (maybe a PhD, maybe also could make you a more attractive LS candidate in terms of scholarships(??)), against its costs (any direct or living costs of the fellowship, delay in entering the full-paying marketplace (assumes economy recovers), other).