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Student Perspectives on the IP Legal Writing Program

Intellectual Property Law Program

What benefits did you gain from participating in the IP Legal Writing Section?

"The benefits of the IP section are: (1) the professor is amazing and will teach you fundamentals that you will use for the rest of your career. If you start out with bad writing habits, it's likely that you will continue them throughout your legal profession. (2) The memo topics are very timely and interesting. One of our topics was whether human-animal chimeras are patentable subject matter. A topic that President Bush mentioned in his State of the Union Address. You are going to spend a lot of time on your legal writing assignments - they might as well be interesting! (3) Also, you will probably end up using one of your memos as a writing sample during your interviews as a 2L. Your memo will be differentiated as the students in the regular legal writing sections all write on the same topic."

Megan Danko
B.A. Organizational Studies, The University of Michigan
Loyola Law 2006
Summer Associate, Schwartz, Cooper (Summer 2005)
Associate, Schwartz Cooper (Fall 2006)

 

"I enjoyed the subject matter of the brief and memos, and learning more about patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Professor Rupert is an excellent teacher and writer, so I feel that I benefited from her greatly. Also, it was a rewarding experience having class with others who were also interested in IP and who shared similar professional backgrounds."

Jacqueline Amatulli
B.S. Business Administration, Xavier University
Loyola Law 2007
Summer Associate, Baker & McKenzie (2006)

 

How would you describe your experience in the IP Legal Writing Section?

"My experience with the Loyola IP legal writing section has been challenging. This section combines the task of learning legal writing with the novel aspect of interpreting the substantive law of intellectual property. I feel the twin challenges presented provide for a more rigorous approach to the craft. I would highly recommend the section (purely on anecdotal evidence) as I feel that I am getting twice the proverbial bang for the buck."

Justin Kee
B.S. Computer Science, Northwestern University
Loyola Law 2008

 

"I loved Professor Rupert's IP writing class - and it also drove me crazy. She is a great teacher, and very rough. My advice has always been that if a prospective IP student wants to learn the right way to do it, Professor Rupert's class is fantastic. If, on the other hand, a student wants an 'A' without having to work hard for it, Professor Rupert's class is not for them."

Christopher Lay
Composer/Music Producer
Loyola Law 2007

 

Would you recommend the IP Legal Writing Section to other students?

"The IP writing section is great because it gives you an early introduction to at least 3 of the 4 major parts of IP law. I would highly recommend the class to students due to the exposure it brings and the writing skills it teaches. Also, since the class is introductory . . .it is also a great opportunity for students who aren't sure if IP is for them to decide whether to pursue IP law later in law school and their careers. Finally, I think the most valuable thing I got out of the class was the writing skills I developed."

Greg Leighton
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University
Loyola Law 2006
Summer Associate/Student Intern, Welsh & Katz (2005-present)
Associate, Welsh & Katz (Fall 2006)

 

"I would highly recommend the IP legal writing section to any student that is interested in practicing IP and even ones who are just interested in the area. I fell into the latter category. I was really interested in the field but wasn't sure whether I would end up pursuing a career in IP. As it turns out, I will not be practicing IP when I graduate but I still got a lot out of the IP legal writing section and would do it again if I had to."

Megan Danko
B.A. Organizational Studies, The University of Michigan
Loyola Law 2006
Summer Associate, Schwartz, Cooper, Greenberger &
Krauss (2005)
Associate, Schwartz Cooper (Fall 2006)

 

Is the IP Legal Writing Section a good option for those who are considering IP as a career?

"I think this class is a good option for people who are interested in IP but not 100% sure if they want to practice IP law. It is difficult to know before coming to law school the specific area of practice a person intends to pursue, and just being able to take the class opens new perspective into the area of IP law and allows an individual to get a better understanding if this focus is right for him or her."

Jacqueline Amatulli
B.S. Business Administration, Xavier University
Loyola Law 2007
Summer Associate, Baker & McKenzie (2006)

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