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Civil Engineering/Law

I've noticed UWO offers a BEng (Civil)/LLB program in 6 years. I've read the other thread about how accounting+law can turn out a specialization in tax law, so I was wondering, what specialization does a civil eng + law degree make? one that is in my mind are the environment contaminant cases. (eg. contamination from industrial plant into lakes/rivers). are there any other areas outside of environment aspect? (structual, standards, transportation, risk assessments, etc.). are these combinations in demand at all, if any?
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Generally speaking, people with engineering backgrounds who go into Law can become excellent intellectual property lawyers, especially in the area of patents. This is an area that is very much in demand. Most "specialist" intellectual property firms have at least one P.Eng/LL.B. on staff.
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Look at how many of the lawyers in Ogilvy Renault's IP Department have engineering/science backgrounds: Link
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Civil + Law is an alright combo for IP law. However, there simply isn't a lot of civil engineering related patents out there. So as a civil, you'd be doing mostly mech/chem type patents anyways/

Mech + Law is a bit better. Elec or Comp + Law is a hot combo too.

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