I often hear this question: “But what are you going to do after law school?” Right now, it’s an unsolved equation. But I’m working through the terms. Patent Law = Engineering + Law I’m exploring patent law because it represents the sum of two important interests in my life, engineering and law. While studying mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, I studied abroad … Continue reading Still Calculating: Exploring IP as a WeekendJD Student at Loyola
My first experience with Intellectual Property (IP) was in a business law class that I took during my senior year of undergrad. We had new units every week, and I was introduced to the topics of trademarks, copyrights, and patents as they relate to businesses. These turned out to be my favorite units from the semester because I loved learning about the ways businesses use … Continue reading From Lululemon to Loyola: Finding My Way to IP
For as long as I can remember, creative storytelling, imagination, and magic, have always captivated me. From, fascination with Disney at an early-age to getting a degree in theatre design in undergrad, I remain engaged with my creative side as much as I could. However, it was not until my first semester at Loyola University Chicago School of Law that I learned that the magic … Continue reading The Magic of the Unknown: Discovering IP at Loyola
The first thing my law school classmates asked when I shared that I had a science undergraduate degree was – “Oh, so are you thinking of IP law?”
Surprisingly, I did not even know much about Intellectual Property (IP) law until I came to Loyola. When applying to law school, I heard about Loyola’s prestigious health law program and decided, prematurely, that that’s what I would do. It seemed like the best of both worlds with my background – healthcare in a legal setting. However, it was not until I started 1L that I realized (1) how my true interest is in IP (and specifically patent law!) and (2) how great the IP program is at Loyola.
An Accidental Run in with IP
Just a few years ago, I knew nothing about the legal profession, much less Intellectual Property’s role in the field as the sector certifying legal rights to patents, trademarks and copyrights. That all changed May of 2020, when my internship working in DC fell through due to Covid. I was panicking about the potential gap in my resume and at a complete loss as to what to do with myself going forward. But I was also absurdly relieved.
“I assume you want to go into IP or patent law then”
That’s the typical response I receive after introducing myself, a former engineer turned law student. Yes, that assumption for the most part is true. Here’s a little bit about the beginning of my journey into IP law.
I have always been easily overwhelmed with multiple options when making an important decision. When deciding where to go to law school, the important decision-making process regarding my education was downright terrifying – at first. After obtaining my bachelor’s in biology at the University of Cincinnati I worked in oncology clinical research for two years. This experience provided me with the certainty that I had the desire to pursue a legal career in the field of intellectual property (“IP”). I found myself drawn toward IP. It felt like the perfect mix between science and law. IP presented me with a unique opportunity to continue to explore my interest in STEM from a different perspective. After taking the LSAT, I began my school search. Contrary to my previous difficulties with decision-making, I quickly discerned that Loyola University Chicago School of Law (“Loyola”) was the best fit for me to launch my career in IP.
Small Details, Sizable Impact
It was late into the night and several hours into overtime. I was running on adrenaline, a second cup of steaming coffee, and the hefty pressure of a deadline that was now right around the corner.