I was hoping to get some feedback on my prospects for attending law school for the purpose of becoming a patent attorney - specifically, I'd love to work on prosecuting mechanical patent applications.
To give some background on me, I am currently a junior at a top ten engineering school in the midwest, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I have done a few technical internships in engineering and liked the work, but recently have felt that the day to day and career trajectory of a patent attorney would be a better fit for me.
As far as undergraduate GPA, I am sitting at a 3.45 and could only realistically move .1 in either direction before applying to law school. This is above average for the program I am in, which is quite competitive in terms of grades and admissions. I know law schools do not care much about major choice when considering GPA. Also in the few outcomes I have been able to find online of aspiring patent attorneys, the candidates/attorneys managed much higher GPA's than mine at tough engineering schools.
In terms of LSAT score, I have only just taken my first diagnostic test on which I received a 157. I am taking a blueprint class, and am confident I will be able to move into the low 160's due to my horrendous performance on the logic games section. I managed to move my ACT score from a 27 to a 33, so I am hopeful I can do the same for this test with preparation.
My GPA would seem to effectively bar me from admission to T20 schools regardless of LSAT performance. I would be shooting for a lower ranked school (50-100).
I should also mention that I have landed a solid internship for the coming summer prosecuting patents at a well-respected firm. I should have a much better idea of my ability to enter the field after this internship - at that point though, I would already be well into law school application prep.
My biggest worry is that in attending a lower ranked school without a whole lot of technical engineering experience, I would be unable to land a job in patent law, which would leave me with a bunch of debt and if I'm lucky, the same 70k job I could get next year. Does anyone know where I could go to find some more outcomes of successful patent attornies who went straight from undergrad? Do you see any holes in my plan? Should I go work in industry for a few years? Am I a good fit at all?