I am a chemical engineering student, and I'm graduating in Dec. 08. I have recently become interested in a career in patent law/ agency, and I have a few questions: What is the typical time investment, in hours, for study to pass the patent bar?; Would it be beneficial to study the MPEP front-to-back? How much consideration do law firms give to patent agents who have recently passed the patent bar without patent filling experience? Is there a significant market for inexperienced patent agents in the industry (ie. exxon mobil, pfizer, GE, Dow, Intel, etc.)? Thanks for your time and patience.