Chemistry + law = ?
June 13, 2011 4:51 PM Subscribe
I'm considering going to law school. I have BSs in chemistry and biochemistry. If I went, I'd like to end up practicing in an area where my scientific education is useful. Other than patent law
, in what legal specialties would my background be helpful?
posted by Gregor Samsa to Work & Money (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I know that patent law is the stock answer for a science/engineering background plus a JD, but I've been working in a job supporting patent attorneys for several years, and I've read an awful lot of patents in that time, and I think I'd like a switch. I wouldn't be totally averse to practicing patent law, but it wouldn't be my first choice.
I'm particularly interested in environmental law. How useful would my chemistry background be there? And what other areas of law are there where my scientific knowledge would be useful? I'm in the US.
Note: I am not asking whether to go to law school. Answers to this question will be one of many factors I consider in that decision. I've seen the previous AskMe's on that topic and know what the job market is like. If you feel compelled to give me advice outside the scope of this question, feel free to MeMail me.