Cincinnati Law’s LLM program offers students the opportunity to participate in practical training opportunities like the Patent and Trademark Clinic, which Ayushi Gupta, a new lawyer and student from India, took advantage of this fall.
“In Intro to IP (intellectual property), we only studied cases and theory. The clinic teaches students how trademarks and patents work practically,” said Gupta, who is completing her Master of Laws in the U.S. Legal System at the University of Cincinnati College of Law this year. “At the clinic, we learn how to search for forms, how to interview clients. We get a real scenario and real tools,” she said.
Gupta’s excitement was evident as she described the first time she got to observe a client meeting: “There were cameras there, and it was both formal and informal. I learned how to ask questions and talk to clients,” she said. “How to work with a client is something of great importance to any area of legal practice, and I learned that through this clinic,” Gupta noted.
Because the clinic is run under the supervision of local IP attorneys, it is a “good source of building contacts, especially for a foreign student like me who is only here for a nine-month LLM program,” Gupta said. “The professors are also instrumental in helping students network in the world of IP practice. I have learned how to approach firms and find firms that are open to LLM grads, which has opened up a world of choices,” she said.