<p>To quote myself (shamelessly) responding to a question about a candidate for a position whose law school and engineering grades did not match (a so-called "lopsided candidate"):</p>
To be straight with you, lopsided candidates are viewed as being lopsided. One side does not balance or compensate for the other. </p>
<p>If you have great engineering grades but poor law school grades you're looked at as not being good lawyer material; stick to engineering. If you have great law school grades but poor engineering grades you're usually looked at as being fine as a lawyer but as not understanding the technology. If you want to become successful as a patent attorney you need to be good (not necessarily great) in both. And nowadays entry-level intellectual property spots are highly sought after and very competitive. There are candidates who have done pretty well in both schools.</p>
<p>To add a bit more. At the beginning, both your law school and your engineering grades will be looked at. After you have some experience, that experience will begin to count more than your grades in either school. It's been a long time since anyone asked about any of my grades. They want to see the breadth and depth of my experience. However, a few law firms ask about law school grades well into one's career.
<p>And: Electrical engineering probably offers more opportunities for patent attorneys than most other engineering fields due to the large number of companies in the electronics business. However, there are opportunities for patent attorneys in all engineering fields. For example, it had been thought that patent law opportunities for mechanical engineers were disappearing. That was before the advent of developments in medical devices. </p>
<p>My opinion therefore, is that in deciding what major to take in college, you do not use the possibility of becoming a patent attorney as a criteria. You should major in a subject that really really interests you and in which you could do well. Othewise you are setting yourself up for an uncomfortable four years. And, by the way, you might in the end decide not to become a patent attorney but to become an engineer or something else entirely.</p>