We offer an exciting Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Sports Law Fellowship Program.
The Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Sports Fellowship Program provides a wealth of opportunities for students interested in all aspects of business law and particularly those dealing with entertainment and sports. This Fellowship Program is definitely NOT limited to those with technical backgrounds. The “soft IP” areas of trademark, copyright, rights of publicity, trade secrets, and even many aspects of patent law are open to anyone with the interest and drive to succeed in a rapidly expanding area of law that has become essential for anyone with a business or corporate practice.
If you are a prospective law student with an undergraduate or advanced degree in the hard sciences or engineering, this program would provide you a wealth of opportunities to incorporate your existing skills into a package that is in high demand in the legal community.
Our program provides access to entertainment, sports, and intellectual property law in the classroom and in the field. Fellows typically attend a multi-day, for-credit seminar introducing various aspects of entertainment, sports and IP law, including the basics of patents, copyrights, and trademarks as well as how these bodies of law interact with other areas such as contract and antitrust law. The program in the past has included members of the bench and bar, many of them alumni of the law school, who provide real world flavor to the academic experience.
In the second and third years, Fellows may:
- Take a variety of electives focusing on all aspects of Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Sports Law;
- Take Introduction to IP Practice where they learn to prepare a variety of documents such as cease and desist letters, non-disclosure agreements and search reports that form the core of a practicing IP lawyer’s workload whether in the sports or entertainment industries or other areas where IP law is involved;
- Take a series of sports-law courses covering all aspects of professional and amateur sport in the US and abroad;
- Receive preference to register for advanced IP, Entertainment & Sports Law classes;
- Work one-on-one with professors on sports, entertainment, and intellectual property-related scholarly projects;
- Participate in sports, entertainment, and IP-related interschool competitions, including the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition hosted by TJSL; and
- Organize and attend many scholarly and practice-oriented programs dealing with various aspects of sports, entertainment, and intellectual property through the Fellowship Program and active student organizations such as the Intellectual Property Law Association and the Entertainment and Sports Law Societies.
The best parts of the Fellowship Program, however, are the opportunities to engage in real-world practice. This happens in two ways:
First, Fellows have the opportunity to work in the Law School’s Small Business Law Center prosecuting patent and trademark applications for small business, non-profits, and independent inventors. Students have the unique opportunity to interact with PTO staff while representing clients under the direct supervision of licensed California attorneys. The PTO also grants special privileges to certified clinics that enable matters to move through the process faster, giving students a better chance to see the project through. Clinic graduates comment on their experiences here.
Second, many Fellows work in intellectual property related externships, earning Law School units for working with a corporation or law firm.