Best Prospects for IP Law

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Best Prospects for IP Law

Postby MrWaterhouse » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:29 pm

I have seen a lot of talk on this forum, as well as other sites, that specialty rankings mean nothing (i.e. Lewis & Clark Environmental Law and the like). Keeping this in mind, I saw that USNWR has various schools within the T14 and T20 having highly ranked IP programs. I am curious as to how much I should take these rankings into consideration when choosing a school with the plan of getting into IP law. Are there any markets that I should be looking into in particular that have robust IP firms, aside from the usual NY Biglaw? How much will school choice matter in these markets? For example, if I were to hypothetically want to work in California, if I couldn't get into Berkeley or Stanford, would pursuing a degree from UCLA make sense? The above example is hypothetical of course, but I hope it illustrates what my question is asking.


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Re: Best Prospects for IP Law

Postby Law2020! » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:45 am

You should place almost no emphasis on these speciality rankings. If all else is equal, including cost of attendance, overall ranking, placement in your target market, and overall fit, then you can consider specialty rankings.

There are not specific markets you should look into. Even though Silicon Valley would of course be known to have a strong IP market, pretty much any major legal market will have strong IP firms, so you should focus on where you WANT to practice. However, if you do want to end up in San Francisco, you should not choose UCLA over a T14 simply because it is in the same state. A T14 on the east coast with a national reach will likely do better in San Francisco than UCLA, which is mostly just strong in the LA market.

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