The mock law firm of Thomas and Jefferson, a premier San Diego-based firm specializing in intellectual property, is looking for 16 motivated students who want to serve as "summer associates" and experience first-hand what real IP attorneys do.
This innovative IP Practicum intersession from May 28 to June 14 provides a pseudo-law firm environment in which our summer associates will explore the role of intellectual property law in technology driven companies as well as entertainment and sports settings. Rather than take traditional classes, our summer associates will receive assignments from our experienced partners, who will supervise and review their work, and attend regular Continuing Legal Education-style (CLE) classes on all aspects of IP law. The associates also will meet daily with the firm's legal writing coach.
Summer associates will work with a variety of clients for whom they will perform real world legal work, to include the drafting of:
- Legal Research Memorandums
- Formal Search Reports
- Infringement Complaints
- Office Action Responses
- Opinion Letters to Clients
- Motions for Summary Judgment
- Licensing Agreements
- Trademark Applications
- Trademark Search Analysis and Clearance Memorandums
- Responses to Notice of Opposition
- Madrid Protocol Applications
- Cease and Desist Letters
In addition, our summer associates will learn the best sources for trademark research, how to conduct conference calls with clients and opposing counsel, how to create portfolios and how to keep time sheets for billing purposes, just as summer associates in real law firms do. Each summer associate will be required to complete an average of 36 "billable" hours of client work that will be tracked through time sheets to be filled out and turned in on a daily basis. There will be lunchtime speakers, roundtable discussions, meetings with the Thomas and Jefferson partners and even an afternoon in court for hearings on motions for summary judgment.
This three-week IP Practicum offered at Thomas Jefferson School of Law is loaded with opportunities to learn the valuable tools necessary for today's successful IP attorney. Don't miss out on this inaugural program. The only prerequisites you need are one semester of law school and a strong interest in intellectual property law. Experience the life of a summer associate!