IP Professional Practice
The key components of the program are (1) a second year and third year program to induce students to work together to survey a specific IP-related industry and the jobs therein, (2) focused externships, (3) service in arranging substantive conferences and symposia, and (4) a requirement to produce relevant writings. Students enroll in one of three tracks: fashion law, advertising law, and music law.
During the Fall term, students will meet every week or two weeks with an industry mentor, to gain insight into the relevant industry in which they want to work. They will share information that they gather regarding the structure of the selected industry, available legal jobs, and the skills and experience needed to meet job entry requirements in the area; they will talk about the results of informational interviews with practitioners; and will discuss the results of research the students conduct regarding relevant doctrine and industry events. Students will be strongly urged to obtain relevant work experience through externships and summer jobs in the relevant area. As a minimum, each student will be expected to do at least one externship in the relevant area, by the end of their third year. IILP faculty and the mentors will assist students in locating such externships, and will work with students to help them network with practitioners in the area in an effort to find jobs after graduation.
Students in the IP Job Track will write at least one substantial paper in the area during their time in the program. Unless done in other courses, these papers will be supervised by IILP faculty as independent studies; but students will be encouraged to write more than one paper, to blog about relevant topics, to write for trade press, and otherwise to begin to fill in their portfolio of accomplishments in the area. Each enrolled student will receive one credit hour per semester in the program.