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Student Perspectives on the IP Legal Writing Program

Intellectual Property Law Program

 How is this class different than the “regular” legal writing class and what benefits did you gain from it?

“IPLW is structurally the same as other legal writing courses.  The only difference is the subject matter, which I found more interesting than the issues my friends in the regular courses wrote on.  Additionally, I finished the year with a much more interesting writing sample—concerning the patent utility of a human-monkey chimera—that was a key talking point in many of my interviews. “

Griffin Thorne, U California (Berkeley) B.A. (music)
JD Candidate 2015
Editor in Chief, Loyola Law Journal (2014-15)
2014 Summer Associate, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP (LA)(IP department)

 

“My experience with the IPLW section was great. One still learns all the “normal” legal writing topics, but I was able to focus on and research topics that interest me instead of a random topic. 3 days ago I cited to Feist in a copyright memo for a partner—I already knew the case and was able to speak intelligently on it before I even started my research.  But, the biggest benefit is getting IP focused writing samples to use for employment. It’s one thing to have a good writing sample, but another to have the sample in an area of law that one is actually interested in. It demonstrates that even as a 1L one is committed to IP, which can otherwise be hard to convey on a resume filled with pre-picked classes. I was able to use my IPLW sample during the PLIP, and received a number of comments about it.”

Brent Frey, Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S. (Computer Engineering)
JD Candidate 2015
2014 Summer Associate, Pillsbury (LA)(IP department)

 

The IPLW section provided specific Intellectual Property Experience from the very start of my law school career. Being exposed to issues in copyright, trademark, and patent early on allowed me to begin shaping my own personal interests in the legal industry which has been a critically important aspect to my success thus far. My IPLW has also functioned as a way to set myself a part from others and those research and legal brief writing assignments continue to be my templates for the work I've done in law firms as a student. “

Dan Gelwicks, Villanova B.S. (Mechanical Engineering)
JD Candidate 2015
Co-President, IP Law Society (2014-15)
20143 Summer Associate, McDonell, Boehnen, Hulbert & Berghoff (IP firm)

 

“The specialized sections are a great alternative and unique to Loyola.  While the work may be a bit more challenging in the beginning due to the new subject matter, your work will stand out compared to that of other students.  Most legal writing sections will have the same assignments.  In IP Legal Writing, the assignments are tailored to the IP area.”  

Anna Egofske, Miami University B.A. (mass Communication & Classical Humanities)
JD Candidate 2016
2014 Summer Judicial Extern, Judge Lyons, Circuit Court of Cook County

 

“In every interview I have had, firms have been pleasantly surprised to hear about my focus on IP during my first year. It helped me to speak intelligently during interviews, and I believe that it helped to secure my position as a Summer Associate at Holland & Knight.”

Caroline Lourgos, Northwestern B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
JD Candidate 2016
2014 Summer Associate, Holland & Knight (Chicago)(IP department)

 

 “My experience with the class has been a very positive one.  I feel so much more confident in my writing, and have already learned so much.  I have actually enjoyed writing about our hypotheticals, and my understanding of patents and copyrights has come a long way.  I have talked with other students in other sections, and I really believe that our papers have been so much more interesting to write about, and I have found our meetings with you very helpful.  Because I believe that we have had the opportunity to write about, what I believe to be, more interesting subjects, I think that I have gotten more out of the class.”

Gregory Holland, Michigan State  B.A. Finance
JD/MBA Candidate 2016
2014 Research Assistant to Professor Ho, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

 

“The IP legal writing class was an excellent way to distinguish myself and my writing as a 1L.  I enjoyed the ability to gain fundamental legal writing skills in the context of topics that I was interested in, including copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secret issues.  For example, my 1L year, the issues were:

(1) whether a “formula” for making special shoe soles was a trade secret under Illinois law;

(2) whether a human-monkey chimera (an embryo made of both human and monkey cells), or the “Humonkey,” was eligible for patent protection.  As you can imagine, these topics made for great conversation topics in later job interviews in the IP field”

Amy Greywitt, University of Arizona B.S. (Biology), B.A. (Spanish)
JD 2010
Associate, Munger Tolles & Olson (San Francisco)(IP department)
Former law clerk to Honorable Richard Linn, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (highest court to focus on patent cases)

 

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



“The IPLW section was a great opportunity to learn about this specific field of law.  Especially an area of law that students will typically never come across until their second year of study.  In general, being in a section with unique problems for the assignments was pretty cool. It helped you bond with people in your IPLW section since you're the only 10 or so people in the class that have that particular problem.  In addition, the Professor who teaches it is great, very helpful and very approachable.”

 

Kristine Bergman, Amherst College B.A. (English; Mathematics)
JD Candidate 2015
Executive Editor, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal (2014-15)
2014 Summer Associate, Pattishall (trademark and copyright practice)

 

“The experience was fantastic as the professor was extremely helpful in providing constructive feedback and developing substantive legal skills that I use on a daily basis and the assignments provide a valuable introduction into both the intellectual property field and legal industry as a whole.”

Dan Gelwicks, Villanova B.S. (Mechanical Engineering)
JD Candidate 2015
Co-President, IP Law Society (2014-15)
20143 Summer Associate, McDonell, Boehnen, Hulbert & Berghoff (IP firm)

 

“The professor is really great.  Always open for questions and concerns and really cares about the material.  It's a lot of work, but you get out what you put in. “

Anna Egofske, Miami University B.A. (mass Communication & Classical Humanities)
JD Candidate 2016
Judicial Extern, Judge Lyons, Circuit Court of Cook County

 

“I really enjoyed the issues we focused on IPLW. They focused on topics outside of my normal 1L classes and were a great opportunity to explore other interests.  The other students in IPLW were driven, intelligent, and willing to step outside of their comfort zone and learn about a new topic. Regardless of whether they had a technical background, the students were curious about how intellectual property influenced the world around them.”

Caroline Lourgos, Northwestern B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
JD Candidate 2016
2014 Summer Associate, Holland & Knight (Chicago)(IP department)

 

“Prof. Leichtman was an absolutely amazing teacher.  She wanted everyone to do well and took more time than was required to help the class and my writing.  The class was also set up in a way in which she walked us through the whole process at the right pace for us to gain enough confidence in our writing.   Even though I did not have a hard science background, I didn't find any of it overwhelming.  In fact, I did as well in the class as other students who did have experience with IP.  In addition, the supplemental lectures with the Director of the IP program were helpful to put our assignments in perspective”

 

Greg Holland
JD/MBA Candidate 2016
2014 Research Assistant to Professor Ho, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

 

 

“The IP legal writing section was a great experience and a wonderful opportunity. Being a student that lacks a science degree, breaking into the IP world is a challenge and being apart of the IP community at Loyola gave me a solid base of IP knowledge. At the end of the class, I had broad knowledge of different areas of IP as well as writing samples that made me stand out to potential employers which was great.  Beyond that, Professor Leichtman was amazing and made the complicated area of IP easy to grasp.  I would definitely recommend anyone wishing to stand out among the herd to apply to the IP legal writing section.”

Demetria Hamilton,
JD Candidate 2016
Summer 2014, Attorney General Office, State of Washington

 

“[This was] the most useful class, albeit challenging.  Our professor had high expectations of us and held us to those standards.  In the process, she taught us how to think and write critically.  All of the other courses built on that foundation.”

 

Loren Rene, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill B.A. (Political Science & Spanish)
JD 2013, Certificate in Trial Advocacy
Judicial Clerk, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

 

“We had the benefit of a Legal Writing professor and Legal Writing tutor who were passionate and knowledgeable about the subject matter that we were writing about, which led to substantive feedback on the merits of our writing.  Finally, the IP legal writing section provides an opportunity for 1Ls to gain an early introduction to intellectual property law that is otherwise not available.  When I took my IP survey course as a 2L, I felt like I had some extra knowledge, which made the IP survey more enjoyable.”

 

Amy Greywitt, University of Arizona B.S. (Biology), B.A. (Spanish)
JD 2010
Associate, Munger Tolles & Olson (San Francisco)(IP department)

Former law clerk to Honorable Richard Linn, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (highest court to focus on patent cases)

 

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



“If you are considering IP law as a career, this class is a MUST. Legal writing is one of the most valuable classes you take in law school because its the class that teaches you the skills you need to actually practice law, and learning how to write an IP issue is invaluable. Also, it's a great thing to put on your resume to show employers you're actually interested in IP, especially because there's no other possible way to access IP law classes your first semester of law school. I highly recommend it for anyone with even a mild interest in IP law. “

Kristine Bergman, Amherst College B.A. (English; Mathematics)
JD Candidate 2015
Executive Editor, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal (2014-15)
2014 Summer Associate, Pattishall (trademark and copyright practice)

 

“For those with any potential interest in IP, the course is a fantastic option. Even if a student isn't 100% sure if IP will be their career path the course is a great introduction into a ever growing and valuable area of the law. Developing issue spotting skills that are required for any law student is important, but this course offers the added bonus of doing it with interesting IP assignments.  For those students who know they are interested in Intellectual Property from the start, the course is by far the best way to get started on the IP career path. The course for me is an ideal example of why Loyola's IP program is great for students.”

Dan Gelwicks, Villanova B.S. (Mechanical Engineering)
JD Candidate 2015
Co-President, IP Law Society (2014-15)
20143 Summer Associate, McDonell, Boehnen, Hulbert & Berghoff (IP firm)

 

“I would highly recommend the class. Today in writing my memo I had my outlines open to refresh my memory on how a formal memo should flow (too used to writing opinions during my judicial externship and briefs), and it was nice to be able to relate the two topics. Again, from an employment standpoint, it’s an invaluable tool to show work in the field I want to practice in.”

Brent Frey, Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S. (Computer Engineering)
JD Candidate 2015
2014 Summer Associate, Pillsbury (LA)(IP department)

 

“I would recommend this course to anyone interested in IP.  It was helpful to develop a basic understanding of IP, which I used in my 2L IP course and for my IP moot court team.  I enrolled in the course because I have a background in music and was interested in copyright, but the course helped me see many other aspects of IP that I had never even considered.”

 

Griffin Thorne,
JD Candidate 2015
U California (Berkeley) B.A. (music)
Editor in Chief, Loyola Law Journal
2014 Summer Associate (IP), Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP (LA)

 

“I would recommend this course to anyone interested in IP.  It was helpful to develop a basic understanding of IP, which I used in my 2L IP course and for my IP moot court team.  I enrolled in the course because I have a background in music and was interested in copyright, but the course helped me see many other aspects of IP that I had never even considered.”

Caroline Lourgos, Northwestern B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
JD Candidate 2016
2014 Summer Associate, Holland & Knight (Chicago)(IP department)

 

“The IPLW section is a must if you are considering IP as a career. It is a great introduction to working with IP related problems. Many of my classmates asked me about the legal writing section and wished they had signed up for it.”

Brian Barnes
JD Candidate 2017 (PTE)

 

“The IPLW section is a great option for those considering a career in intellectual property.  This specialized section allows you to dive in to current intellectual property issues in a unique and practical way.  The fundamentals you learn through this course will help not only in future law school classes, but also as you start out your career in IP.  I would definitely recommend this class to someone who wants a career in IP”

Tiffany Gehrke, University of Michigan BSE (Computer Engineering)
Loyola Law 2009
Associate, Marshall Gerstein & Borun (IP firm)

 

 "My advice has always been that if a prospective IP student wants to learn the right way to do it, the class is fantastic. If, on the other hand, a student wants an 'A' without having to work hard for it, the class is not for them."



Christopher Lay
Composer/Music Producer
Loyola Law 2007
Associate, Jenner & Block (Patent Litigation)

 

 "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 Auberbach,  University of Michigan B.A. (Organizational Studies)

Loyola Law 2006

Associate, Dykema

 

"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

Partner, Neal Gerber & Eiesnberg (Intellectual Property department)

 

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