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Engineering - Future Plans

WanToBeABrownieWanToBeABrownie Registered User Posts: 299 Junior Member
edited June 2010 in Engineering Majors
I am an International student

I am attending a lowly ranked engineering school in the Midwest in fall 2010. I had a few questions on what are the possible career directions I can head to and a few other questions :-

1) What would I be doing if I got a JD/MBA after I get a degree in Mechanical Engineering (which is my major) ?.

(i) What would I be working as ?
(ii) What would be the pay like ?

2) Is Law school a possibility after engineering ?

(i) What steps should I be taking to ensure admission in to law school ?
(ii) Are internationals allowed to study law in the United states (in the sense that how hard would it be to get in and would my chances be limited as compared to the American citizens. Also financial aid may or may not be a problem as I don't know whether I will ask my parents to pay, or work for a few years as an engineer and pay, or ask for aid)

3) I am very much interested in the EECS program (Electrical engineering and computer science program) offered by University of California - Berkley.

(i) Does anyone have an idea about which other schools have the same program and which major should I be taking if I plan to transfer in to this program ?.

4) What is the possibility of an international to get in to med school (I did a bit of research and many public's don't even consider international applicants!. )

(i) what should be a possible strategy for an international engineering major student to get in to med school and become a doctor ?

Note - Firstly , I know most these questions are not even related. But I need to know all these answers and I would appreciate it if someone would help me out. I do not have anyone else to help me out. So please.

Also, I have been on CC for a long time and I would like to end this thread by saying I am not a **** and please do not rule this thread out on assumptions.

Thank you
Post edited by WanToBeABrownie on

Replies to: Engineering - Future Plans

  • WanToBeABrownieWanToBeABrownie Registered User Posts: 299 Junior Member

    Anyone ?.
  • ExplorerCYExplorerCY Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    1) you would be practicing law or working in business. maybe corporate law or patent law. making as much as a lawyer or businessman makes.....
    2) yes. you cant "ensure" admission. take the LSAT and thats it.
    3) um. EE or CS.
  • WanToBeABrownieWanToBeABrownie Registered User Posts: 299 Junior Member
    Thank you ExplorerCY.

    Anyone else ??. Please
  • ExplorerCYExplorerCY Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    there really isnt a big benefit to getting a JD/MBA. its much more cost effective to just pick one. if you want to stay within the engineering industry, an MBA will put you into the management track and a JD will give you the opportunity to be a patent attorney.

    as a student at a highly ranked engr school, im also looking at getting a JD or an MBA, but i dont know if i want to stay in a technical job. im looking more toward IB, corporate law, or political office.
  • WanToBeABrownieWanToBeABrownie Registered User Posts: 299 Junior Member
    Well. I was looking at the combined JB-MBA degree which will put you in to management and give you to either practice law or take up advising jobs.

    Also, can you tell me which school you are attending (please inbox me if you are not comfortable posting it online) and thanks for the help
  • ME 76ME 76 Registered User Posts: 321 Member
    No degree/degrees will put you into management. You have to prove that you are good at what you do and earn a management position. I get the feeling that many people think that you graduate with a MBA and the next day you show up to work as a high level manager.

    Certain degrees might open some doors but getting a JD or even a MBA with the thought that it will "put you into management" does not make sense in my opinion.
  • 15inTbow15inTbow Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    WTBB: First, I'd suggest figuring out exactly what you would like to do. As in, med school and law school are two completely different things; you should figure out which one you'd LIKE to do and not just which one is more convenient.
    If you choose law school with a mechanical engineering degree, it'd be easier for you to go into patent law. It's a more technical path and it would really tie into your eng degree. Starting salary for patent law is between 80k-100k. However, that's not your only option in law school. You can choose whichever path you want (and there are many! look 'em up) as long as you get into a good law school. You mentioned you go to a low ranked school; that doesn't matter as long as you have a high LSAT score and high GPA. Law school and med school are aaaaaaalll about the numbers! Grad school in engineering is a common path for a lot of internationals. I did research this past year in the materials science eng dept, and worked with a lot of international grad students. You can then work in industry (as EECS or not) and get paid more than the average starting salary of a bachelor's degree. One of the graduate students mentioned it's a little harder for people with phD degrees to get jobs in industry since they're extremely specialized in one aspect of engineering.
    So all in all, figure out what you want to do. What's your passion? Once you figure that out, you'll have no trouble finding people who would be more than willing to help you: faculty members, advisors, older students, etc.
    Good luck :)
  • WanToBeABrownieWanToBeABrownie Registered User Posts: 299 Junior Member
    Thanks a lot for the Info :-

    Well, I do know that EECS and MechE are totally different paths my preferences are :-

    1) Med School - Possibly become a surgeon
    2) Mechanical Engineering
    3) EECS - This one might actually replace MechE - I did some research on the program and I find is very interesting. I am looking at Electrical engineering (more) and a Bachelor of science degree (computer science)

    As far as the GPA is concerned - I do not want to take chances I have always been a straight A student in High School (and I do know that college is totally different), and me being an international student makes the chances of getting in to med school even more difficult.

    Thank you all for the help.

    Law school is an option I have been considering - But it is not too serious
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