The school's Center for Law and Intellectual Property offers a certificate program for students specializing in intellectual property law and coordinates events throughout the year that help bring students in contact with local intellectual property professionals. Our robust IP curriculum includes doctrinal courses in patent, copyright, and trademark. Students may choose to specialize in intellectual property in their first year of law school through our unique IP Fellowship Program.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law was the first California law school to offer both a patent clinic and a trademark clinic certified by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to provide a full slate of application services to independent inventors, small businesses, and non-profits. Students receive their own limited practice number and represent artists and entrepreneurs before the Patent & Trademark Office under the supervision of licensed attorneys dedicated to helping their students learn all the tricks of the trade.
Students also earn law school credit while working at externships in the private and public sectors in San Diego and throughout the country and the world. Recent placements include Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; FOX Studios in Los Angeles; the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.
Graduates have gone from Thomas Jefferson to in-house positions at Fortune 500 companies, to intellectual property associate positions in law firms, and to advanced degree programs nationwide.
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