Costs associated with becoming a [patent] attorney

May 22, 2006

To say nothing of undergrad costs, the following are the expenses I've incurred (and will be incurring for years to come) with regard to law school and related requirements.

  • Law school tuition: $90,000+
  • Law school books and study aids: $4500
  • California Bar study materials: $4000
  • California Bar application: $529
  • California Bar moral character evaluation: $431
  • California Bar fee to use a laptop on the exam: $150
  • California Bar initial registration: $75
  • California Bar LiveScan (fingerprint scanning): $18
  • California Bar MPRE exam: $55
  • California Bar admissions certificate: $69
  • Patent Bar study materials: $830
  • Patent Bar application: $240
  • Patent Bar fee to take the exam: $150
  • Patent Bar fee to get your USPTO number after passing the patent bar: $100
  • Cost-of-living in Silicon Valley: $$$$$

Ridiculous.

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