neohawk 2007-03-27 01:31:00
Sorry, I cannot type Chinese in this darn computer.
1) I heard school would help you on loan if you decide to do public
interest after law school. You can delay repaying loan for ten years
if you are making less than 65K. After ten years, I guess you are off
2) School like BU ranking around 22, the median salary would be at
least 80K-120K. And a lot of lawyer made good money from Tier3 or
even Tier 4 school. And you can always transfer after first year law
school if you are not completely satisfied with your school or your
ego. I heard several cases of successful transfer after first year.
And those are the cases of my friends' friend. I think it happens
more than we know.
3) Pick up a law school where you are going to practice law unless you
plan to transfer afterwards. The network you build up in the school
matters a lot in job hunting. And usually local schools have
advantages over other ones with even higher rank. BTW, I think
California is great for practicing IP.
4) Even you don't have a LLB in China, you can for sure take the bar
exam in China. And I believe with effort, you can pass it. Thousands
of people did that. And thousands of people are still doing it. Don't
panic. Don't make a big fuss. You are already a lot better than most
of people, Chinese or American, to be able to get into USC.
(Congratulations! ) Besides, you have quite unique background. You
will be more than fine.
5) I don't agree with you on the language issue. Language will get
better with constant usage. For us, with the fluency of both Chinese
and English in spoken and writing, it is rather advangtageous than
disadvantageous in an era of mankind globalization, in an era with a
strong China government.
6) Regarding the patent bar, H1 visa holders can take it but not F1
visa holders. If you are planning to do IP, take it before school
start otherwise you will not be able to take it with F1 visa. But you
can always do it after law school graduation and with a job with H1
7) I don't think it is good idea to jump into decision of law school
just because of poor job market. Just my opinion. Law school is hard
and practicing law will be even harder. On the top of it, we have to
borrow a lot money to do it. But if you don't absolutely know this is
what you want, you will stuck in something you might not enjoy just
for the sake of money. Life is too short to do that.
patent bar. 我原来担心是因为mitbbs上曾经有人提到要485什么的, 我没申请过H1,不知道
H1approved是不是就有了patent bar需要的那些文件. 不过你说的对,要是条件容许应该在
法学院毕业之前就考了,但我现在看来没有办法除非我推迟一年. 没有patent bar在找工作时会
新的4bed house,别的大城市估计都不成,可是就连我呆了6年的UIUC都把我给据了, 感觉特别
frustrated. 我老婆还是他们的alumni呢. 还没有想好是BU还是USC, BU便宜点.唉,想起要