Thanks for the information. I think using tables like this is fine - that is how I did it - but you have to look at several of them simultaneously, and frankly this is, though plausibly accurate, one of the lesser informative ones I know of. Also, after that, there are other things that are more important you have to consider - like whether the school is in an area where you will be able to either work a job you already know how to do, or more importantly, what kind of clerking jobs are available. I would rather go to a school in downtown chicago where clerking jobs are more readily available than to U. Ill Urbana, as good a school as it is, and creater of HAL. This whole thing is sort of like what you do in junior high or maybe high school - if I don't do well on my SAT, my life will be ruined...later on, you realise there is a whole universe of things which move in and out of the road as you proceed down it. I always like the stories of the people who went to this school or took that job because they had to, for example, take care of a sick spouse or relative, and then they came out on top anyhow. I like them not only because it shows they had their priorities right, but it shows you can't keep true talent down. And as much as law school has a way of filtering people out (and creating hard feelings in the process), people who want to succeed will. I even know someone at DC's most prestigious IP firm who went to law school on-line.
Anyway, I am surprised someone with your computer skills is not interested in a career in computer or computer related law. It is extremely interesting. Also, I may be wrong, but I would not be surprised if in the future, more patent prosecution work is done by agents, and then later gets shifted overseas. But that is the topic for another day.