Can a federal scientists become a lawyer?
January 2, 2013 10:54 AM Subscribe
Are there ways for a federal research scientist to attend law school and remain a government employee after graduating?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total)
I am an environmental research scientist with the federal government, and I'd like to know more about what opportunities may exist in the legal field. I earned my PhD about 4 years ago, and recently a friend told me there are scholarships for scientists to attend law school and work for the government after graduation. I don't want to leave my job as a federal employee, but if there's a way to attend law school and return to work for the government after graduation I'd really like to learn about it.
The reason I'm interested in making the transition to law is because I feel like I'd be more effective in a field with hard and fast deadlines, and I suspect that the legal field has more of an impact on environmental issues than research. I also wouldn't mind making a bit more money, but that's a distant third.
I've seen some information on scientists making the transition to patent law, but I'm not as interested in it as a field, and my background in science actually doesn't include as many "hard science" classes that I think would be necessary to make such a transition.