I'm a second-year law student who is very much interested in pursuing a career as an intellectual property attorney, along either prosecution or defense lines. My problem, in a nutshell, is this: no technical degree. I'm not a technical illiterate; I've been using computers regularly for more than 10 years. But I've never set foot in a computer class, and my bachelor's degree is about as non-technical as they come.
The result of this common but apparently crippling malady is that I'm excluded from taking the Patent Bar exam-an exclusion which is often ending my job search at IP law firms before it even begins.
Is there any way to effectively combat this situation without returning to school for yet another two years after law school to earn a technical degree I neither want nor, God-willing, that I need?
Help me! I'm a second-year in law school, and I would like to work in intellectual property. However, all of my previous experience is in criminal prosecution. Can you offer any advice on job search and interview (God-willing!) strategies?
CL, Los Angeles
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