At Mitchell Hamline we provide students with opportunities to be mentored by alumni during every year of their studies. Mentors give students valuable advice about law school, networking, professionalism, career choices, pro bono and community service, and more. Mentors can also offer observational opportunities and a window into different ways to use a law degree, and different settings in which to work, all of which helps our students make critical decisions about their own career paths.
Mentoring just for IP students
The IP Institute additionally connects students with knowledgeable attorneys in the field. We connect mentors with students determined to pursue a career in IP law and those just interested in the numerous ways that intellectual property issues arise in legal cases and business contexts. We introduce students to:
- Registered patent attorneys
- IP litigators
- Business attorneys specializing in IP
- Privacy and cybersecurity attorneys
- and many other general and specialized IP attorneys
IP Institute faculty are matched with students interested in IP to answer questions about the field of intellectual property law, our program, and Mitchell Hamline’s connections with the areas Fortune 500 companies and top IP firms.
Start of the first year
IP Institute faculty advisors help students identify activities and courses that create a pathway to the right IP career.
Spring semester of first year
IP Institute Mentoring Program begins to match students with appropriate mentors. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet regularly, share information, and exchange questions and answers.
Throughout law school
IP Institute faculty advisors and mentor attorneys are available to help students connect to and learn more about IP careers.
Please contact Deanna Burns, Assistant Director, Intellectual Property Institute.
Become a mentor
IP attorneys interested in becoming a mentors should contact Deanna Burns, Assistant Director Intellectual Property Institute or Professor Sharon K. Sandeen, Director, Intellectual Property Institute.