Student Eligibility and Requirements

What is it?

The Trademark Clinic is a vital component of the Small Business Law Center (SBLC) that focuses on providing legal assistance in the practice area of trademark law. Students who participate in the Trademark Clinic will have the opportunity to directly assist clients desiring to obtain federal trademark or service mark registrations from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Students will be guided during representation by a licensed California attorney, but students will have primary responsibility for all client matters undertaken.

 

Students enrolled in the Trademark Clinic will also participate in class meetings that focus on the lawyering skills necessary to effectively represent clients. In addition to discussing client interviewing and counseling, students will also focus on the substantive areas of law relevant to the legal matters being handled, including issues of professional responsibility. The weekly class meetings are mandatory.

 

How does this fit into my academic program?

Participation in the Trademark Clinic satisfies the Professional Skills graduation requirement and is a graded course not subject to the TJSL grading curve. Students who participate in the spring are eligible for 3 or 4 units of live client work, or a minimum of 2 units in the summer. Each unit is equivalent to 5 hours per week (10 hours per week for summer), totaling 15 or 20 hours per week for client representation in the spring/fall, or 20 hours per week in the summer. Although remote work is permitted, work within the clinic space is encouraged and students are expected to be available to meet with clients during their designated clinic hours. The mandatory clinical seminar counts for an additional 2 units in the spring, or 1 unit in the summer.

 

What is required to participate?

To participate in the Trademark Clinic, students must have completed Professional Responsibility and be eligible to become a California certified law student. To become California certified, students must have completed their first year of law school, be in good standing, and have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Civil Procedure I and Evidence.

 

Please do not begin filling out an application to become California certified until you are formally enrolled in the Trademark Clinic: there are only have a few slots, so not everyone who applies will be enrolled.

 

How do I apply?

To apply for a slot in the Trademark offering, students must send a statement of interest addressed to the supervising attorney, resume, and unofficial transcript to bnieman@tjsl.edu. The statement of interest should describe the reasons why you are interested in participating in the Trademark Clinic, and should highlight any past experiences or future plans to work in a transactional law practice setting.

 

Applications will be accepted as follows:

 

Spring Semester Applications accepted from October 18 to November 1
Summer Semester Applications accepted from March 18 to April 1

Fall Semester

Applications accepted from April 1 to April 15

 

In the meanwhile, and because the number of applicants will exceed the number of slots available, please register for any other courses you are interested in. If your application is accepted, you can then add / drop units as needed.

 

For more information about the Trademark Clinic, please visit: www.tjsl.edu/clinics/trademark-clinic.

 

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