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part-time student at 34. He earned his J.D. in January 2010. Born in Britain, he earned a Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from the University of London in 1996, followed by doing postdoctoral research at the University of Vermont. He later became a writer and editor at Science Magazine’s Next Wave publication. Then he became a patent agent at Foley & Lardner, first in the law firm’s D.C. office and then in Chicago. “I was always adamant I wouldn’t go to law school,” he said. “But as I entered my 30s, I realized that at a big law firm there is only so much you can do as a patent agent.” So he went to John Marshall at night while working full-time. “It completely enhanced my career,” he said. “Each semester I saw practical applications for what I was learning. It had an immediate effect on my ability to work on licensing or raising
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issues on civil procedures and corporate law.” He is now an associate attorney with Foley & Lardner in D.C.
“It’s a heavy load balancing school, jobs, relationships and a commute.” — William Powers, associate dean for admission and student affairs at John Marshall Law School
In another case, Frosh had always wanted to go to law school, but held off until
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he could zero in on what to do with a law degree. After running a non-profit association for a while after undergrad, he decided to earn a J.D. to use in the nonprofit world. While in school, he spends 30 hours a week as a consultant in grant-making. “For me to go to law school with no reason to go would have been a waste,” he said. “It’s very important while I’m in school to keep a foot in the real world — to never lose touch with what I want to do.”
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Law school is a very different world from undergraduate school, and part-time law school is even more different. It’s easy to feel estranged in the evening environment. Many students run into