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Lawyers and Law students! help! Question about employment after earn JD/Pass Bar Exam?

Few question about employment of [NON-PATENT] lawyers after earn JD, and pass Bar Exam First, how intense is the competition for law school graduates to find employment if the law school is below #15 of the ranking? Like University of Notre Dame or University of California Davis? For example, if you send 100...

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The general rule is that top 10% of the class will have some pretty solid job opportunities...although this has majorly, majorly changed with the economy. Smaller (or more regional) schools that you mentioned will be much better off in the same geographical area. A graduate of ND is going to have a much easier time finding employment in Chicago than in New York. A lot of law school is networking, and if your career center doesn't have someone on the inside of those big firms, it's going to be tough unless you're a standout.

The patent lawyers that make "crazy money" are the ones with a strong engineering/science background. IP is a hot field, but you have to know what you're talking about. You can make a lot of money in almost every field of law, but you have to be really, really good at it.

I'm sorry to tell you your undergraduate degrees will be essentially useless. It's the skills you learn that matter. If you have a lot of writing-intensive courses, that will help. Also great logical reasoning skills. I don't think a Masters is going to make that much of a difference unless you want the LLM and plan to enter academia.

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