Student Testimonials

Nadia Akaweih, '17
Houston, TX: Baylor University, B.S. & University of Southern California, M.S

One of the best decisions I ever made was attending Thomas Jefferson School of Law to take part in the IP Fellowship Program. While in the program, I have drafted patents for low-income inventors in the Small Business Law Center, worked as a student patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and as a paid legal intern at Maxwell Technologies working in conjunction with a leading national patent law firm, Knobbe Martens. Additionally, I competed amongst the best of the best in the American Intellectual Property Law Association Giles Rich Moot Court competition representing TJSL and received the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Sidney B. Williams Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholars Program Scholarship for $10,000. Without the guidance, encouragement, and support of the IP staff at TJSL, none of this would have been possible.

Alina Bazar, 1L
San Diego, CA: San Diego State University, B.S.

I’ve talked to a lot of students about why they picked TJSL. A close friend of mine told me that although she visited classes of other higher ranked schools, ‘no other school provides the level of engagement and effort that we get here at TJSL.’ From my personal experience here, I am really impressed with how much the professors care about the students’ success. Here, we have a huge level of support from the professors. They are all eager to help and willing to go above and beyond to help you learn the material.

Ethan Dreiman, 2L
Los Angeles, CA: California State – Northridge, B.S.

“Although I had other offers and scholarships from other schools, I choose TJSL because I felt as though I belonged. I felt connected. People here are approachable and really want to help you. During a forum, the Dean mentioned to us that ‘law school is a vehicle’ and that it was ‘up to us to take advantage where the vehicle could take [us].’ TJSL creates opportunity for learning and I knew that a law degree from TJSL would help me in furthering my career.”

Bridget Watson, 3L
Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State, B.S.

“I chose to attend TJSL because it would allow me to gain practical experience in addition to the traditional doctrinal education. Coming from the working world, I wished I had more opportunities to gain practical experience in my undergraduate education and TJSL offers a wealth of real-world opportunities for students. Participating in the Patent Clinic has allowed me to engage in client counseling, patent drafting, and patent prosecution which has provided me with a great advantage throughout my internship experiences.
Participating in moot court allowed me to practice my brief writing skills in multiple areas of law and learn how to orally advocate for my client. Other practical classes such as Legal Writing, Civil Procedure II, and Intro to IP Practice have provided me with the skills to draft legal documents such as memos, complaints, discovery, motions, briefs, and client and opposing counsel correspondence that I have used for templates throughout multiple internships.
Overall, attending TJSL has allowed me to develop practical skills that I have repeatedly used real world.”

Dustin Fox
Dustin Fox, '15 
Porterville, CA: California State – Bakersfield, B.S.
Former Extern Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, currently Associate Justinian PLLC

“I was exposed to the entire patent prosecution process ranging from taking the paperwork [that a] scientist would give the patent attorney; turning that into claims for the patent application; and taking a patent to license agreements between Pfizer and its licensees. This included filing U.S. and foreign patent applications as well. It was truly an extraordinary experience, and it is certainly something I am proud to have done. My mentor was very knowledgeable and showed patience with a novice like me. I couldn't have asked for a better summer.”

Sumant Pathak
Sumant Pathak, '14 
Fremont, CA: University of California – Bakersfield, B.S.
Intellectual Property Associate & Patent Attorney at Rosenberg Klein & Lee and May

“The Intellectual Property Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson was extremely helpful to me because it allowed me to develop practical skills while also taking insightful classes that focused on various aspects of intellectual property. The USPTO Patent Clinic was integral to my initial learning of various skills required to be a successful patent practitioner. I was able to hone these skills with a local San Diego IP law firm through the school’s externship program. I was also able to partake in intellectual property classes ranging from Trademark and Patent Law to one on Open Source. I was thus able to blend the intellectual rigor of the IP classes at the school with practical skills to present myself as a viable candidate to various firms. Moreover, the keen interest and help from the IP fraternity at the school, ranging from professors to alumni, allowed me make a seamless transition from the technical field to the legal field.”