Thursday, March 02, 2006

Patent Bar Exam Imminent

I am faced with the troubling reality that law school is coming to an end and I do not yet have a job. Knowing that patent law is the field I would like to go into, I have resolved to come home to New York after graduation to find a job in the city rather than to work in Colorado in some other field. I have applied to over fifty law firms in the New York Metropolitan area, and I have received over forty rejection letters and not one phone call inviting me to an interview.

"Thank you for applying to our firm. While your credentials are quite impressive, we are sorry to say that we are not hiring at this time. We wish you luck in your legal career."

I am starting to get nervous, especially because my school, my grades, and my activities are not of the top 20% as most of the law firms are looking for. As you know, I've braved through law school doing my best, and I have no thought that I could have done better. I am very proud of my achievements, but the goal of all this work was to get a job and this has not yet happened.

I spoke to an advisor from PLI (Practicing Law Institute) today and he told me that in order to get a job, especially since I am a "category B" patent applicant [meaning that I do not have a technical degree in a specific subject, but that I have pieced together my 40 credits of technical subject matter sufficient to take the exam], that my job search will require some crafty maneuvering. Further, he said that it is almost mandatory that I take my patent bar exam before I graduate which is in less than 24 weeks.

Regular review for the New York and New Jersey Bar Exam begins in the middle of May. Can I piece together enough time to successfully study and pass the patent bar exam? I don't know if this is humanly possible, but it looks like this is the path I need to take if I am to get a job by the time I graduate.

I don't know if I am physically capable of completing this task. I am in many ways a go-getter and a risk-taker, but I know my limits. This is above and beyond my capabilities, and my main focus is studying for the regular bar exam. I need guidance whether or not to take the plunge and once again go over my abilities to accomplish a feat that is highly improbable. I've done this kind of undertaking before and I've met with success. I just don't know if I can do it in such a short amount of time.


The real me said...

Yitzias Mitzrayim.

Not even the sky is the limit if you decide thats what you want to do.

Ahuva said...

If you think this is beyond your limits, go the safer route. Concentrate on one bar at a time. The world is not going to end if you have to take a job outside your field while you're studying for the patent bar. Spend a few days thinking about it and praying about it. You'll know the right course of action. Neither one is wrong or bad.

Ba'alat Teshuva said...

I second Ahuva. I can't imagine taking two bars back to back like that. You also might be more attractive to IP firms if your lawyering skills really shine while working in a more general practice. After you've been in the field for a year or two your grades from law school don't matter as much and your reputation as a good lawyer matters a lot more. Skipping the patent bar for now could allow you to kill two birds with one stone.

Ba'alat Teshuva said...

A thought occured to me...why haven't you taken a copyrights course if you want to be an IP attorney?

Aaron said...

Know what you want, and ask for it every day.

"Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream so shall you become. " - James Allen

Zoe Strickman said...

Ba'alat teshuva,
I took Chinese Copyright Law while I was in China. I never took US Copyright Law in law school because 1) they never offered it and 2) I'm going into patent law, not copyright law.

Thank you everyone for your support. I haven't figured out yet what I'll do.