How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be an Intellectual Property Lawyer

Intellectual property law protects the creations of authors, inventors, musicians, designers, and everything that includes original work that is the product of the human mind.

An intellectual property attorney specializes in patent law, copyright law, trademark law or trade secret law. Depending on the specialization, an intellectual property attorney will need to have a technical background (as is the case of patent lawyers) or entrepreneurial background (as is the case of those dealing with business ventures). Intellectual property lawyers draft patent applications and all kinds of legal documents, work as counselors and advocates, argue in favor of their clients’ cause, and protect them against infringement.

1. Complete four years of college or university, get good grades, ensure you have a high GPA, practice you language skills at every occasion you have, and graduate. You will need the skills you acquire during your undergraduate studies later in your law studies. You major is typically not important for admission to law school, but you might consider having a business or technical background to make your work as an intellectual property attorney easier.

2. Prepare for the LSAT and get a good score on the test. The first things law schools will look at in your admission file are your GPA and LSAT scores.

3. Build a strong application file. Include a resume with all your extracurricular activities, list all the notable distinctions you obtained as a high school or undergraduate student, and put in your work experience if you have any. Spend some time writing a good motivation letter. Practice conciseness and persuasiveness, as a lawyer would, and don’t write irrelevant and long stories about your life.

4. Send your application to the law school or schools of your choice within the established deadline. Keep copies of all your application documents, as you might need to present them when you register for the bar exam.

5. Get into law school. Most law schools have the same approach to training lawyers, especially in the first year of studies. Starting with the second year, you can usually choose an area of specialization. At this time, choose courses on intellectual property law and get training as an intellectual property attorney.

6. Undertake a legal internship with a law firm that deals with intellectual property cases. Leave a good impression, as you might want to return after graduating and get a job as an intellectual property attorney with that firm.

7. Once you get your Juris Doctor degree, you have to take one more step before becoming a fully licensed lawyer. Contact the bar association in your state and register for the bar exam. Pass the exam and you’ll be a practicing lawyer.