Loyola provides a number of educational opportunities in intellectual property outside of the traditional classroom experience. The Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium program offers a unique opportunity for a select group of IP students from Loyola and Chicago-Kent Law School to serve as Chicago IP Colloquium Fellows. In particular, students have an opportunity to discuss scholarly work with leading IP scholars from across the nation, as well as prominent practitioners and Chicago academics. In addition, Loyola students can gain experience with trademark applications under the guidance of practicing lawyers in the Business Law Clinic as part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Clinic Certification Program.
Loyola offers a diverse array of externship opportunities to hone their intellectual property interests and skills. Students can extern for federal judges, at corporations, firms, and organizations. Students have helped artists at Lawyers for the Creative Arts, worked on patent applications at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and worked at the intersection of intellectual property and business at the Museum of Science and Industry. Students have also gained experience in firms such as Steptoe and Johnson, Bryan Cave, and Partridge & Garcia.
Loyola students also have a rich array of extracurricular opportunities relating to intellectual property. Loyola has an extensive moot court competition program, through which all students can enhance their writing and advocacy skills. In particular, Loyola students have participated in the Giles Rich Sutherland Competition, as well as the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Students on these teams have the opportunity to research, write, and advocate in their desired areas of interest, assisted by an intellectual property practitioner who coaches the team. Loyola students interested in intellectual property transactions have also participated in ; in 2014, students negotiated a licensing agreement between a movie studio and an online gaming company that required securing intellectual property rights to produce, market and distribute a new movie based on a popular video game owned by the gaming company.
In addition, students may become active with one of the three different student groups with an IP focus: Intellectual Property Society, Arts & the Law Society, and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Each of these groups hosts events at which Loyola alums provide insight and encouragement. These groups have hosted speakers such as a former in-house patent counsel to Motorola, as well as a panel of alums with non-technical degrees who discussed how they obtained their non-patent jobs.
Moreover, since Loyola is conveniently located in Chicago, students can easily and actively participate in associations where they can attend presentations of intellectual property topics, as well as network with practicing lawyers. Some of these groups include the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association of Chicago, the largest group of IP attorneys in Chicago, the IP section of the Chicago Bar Association, and the Chicago chapter of the Copyright Law Societyhttp://www.csusa.org.
Loyola students can even attend presentations and network with Chicago lawyers on campus. Loyola annually hosts a panel of attorneys from the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association of Chicago to offer guidance to students. Loyola is also part of the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance that provides a mentorship program to students that includes Chicago-area intellectual property attorneys in firms, as well as corporations. Additionally, Professor Ho organizes presentations by attorneys to provide insight to students. For example, this past year, one presentation involved copyright issues involving the Black Eyed Peas.