Sunday, May 20, 2007

Lawyer-Scientists Cash In

Want to make big bucks?

[No, this is not a SPAM for a get-rich quick scheme]

One of the hottest and most lucrative field right now is someone who understands both science and law and can explain it very clearly to a jury. Many physics degree holders go on to law schools after their undergraduate degree and become experts in patent law.

Demand for these specialists is being driven by an explosion in patent applications in recent years and a growing need for lawyers to protect old patents or challenge new ones. The U.S. Patent Office estimates 450,000 patent applications will be filed this year, up from about 350,000 five years ago.

Law professors say they're seeing more students with strong science backgrounds make the leap to law, where recruiters are snapping them up.

So there you go.


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