About the Clinic 

The USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic provides law students with the ability to represent real-world clients on cutting-edge issues in intellectual property and technology law that affect the public interest.

Through the hands-on experience of counseling and representing clients (under the supervision of the professor) in various forums, students will learn professional responsibility and advocacy skills, substantive law and procedural rules related to their projects, and will examine the concept of the public interest in intellectual property and technology law. Clients may include individual artists, non-profit institutions, coalitions, policymakers, independent developers or entrepreneurs. In the past, students have drafted amicus briefs, counseled nonprofits on public interest issues, counseled individuals and institutions in the developing world, designed model licensing systems, filed regulatory comments, presented at national conferences, conducted trainings, and testified at hearings in Washington.

The Clinic meets in a classroom setting for two hours once per week, in which we will explore public interest practice in intellectual property and technology law, and spend significant time on Clinic projects. One to three short papers per semester will be assigned as part of the classroom component. Student teams also meet on a weekly basis with the Clinic Director for project review.

Interested students are encouraged to read more about the clinic’s work at http://iptlc.usc.edu. In addition, feel free to contact Professor Barreiro prior to registration if you have additional questions about the Clinic. She may be reached at vbarreiro@law.usc.edu.

Please note the following important characteristics of the Clinic:

The Clinic is a year-long class.  Please note this important characteristic of the clinic when planning your schedule. The Clinic begins in the Fall semester and continues through the Spring semester. In the first semester (Fall) semester, it will be graded on a CR/D/F basis. In the second (Spring) semester, you will receive a numerical (N) grade. There will be a wait list, and students are regularly admitted into the Clinic from the wait list. If you are not able to get into the class initially, you are strongly encouraged to sign up for the wait list. You may be placed on the wait list by contacting the Registrar’s Office in person or by telephone (213-740-6314) and asking to be placed on the list.

Time Commitment.  In addition to the weekly classroom component, students are expected to commit approximately twenty hours per week to clinic work. Most Clinic deadlines are set by courts, administrative agencies, client needs, and the like; in other words, they are not under student control. Students’ time commitment will vary significantly week to week. Also, clinic duties may involve travel to destinations outside of Southern California.

Pre/Co-requisites and Requirements. Intellectual Property (LAW-772) is required as a co-requisite to enrolling in the Clinic. In other words, students must either (1) already have taken Intellectual Property; or (2) be taking this class concurrently with the Clinic in the Fall semester.

Semester-long commitment.  Although there is no final examination, clinic students are expected to work through the entire semester, including throughout the final examination period. Do not schedule travel or firm work before the end of exams. Students with significant or inflexible time commitments, please see the caveat above.

Course Details

Course Name: Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic I
Course Number: LAW-771
Class Number: 03491
Instructor: Professor Valerie Barreiro
Unit Value: 5
Grading Options: CR/D/F Only
Exam: No Exam
Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
Skills Requirement: Yes
Participation: Required
Pre/Co-requisites: Students must be concurrently enrolled in, or have previously taken, Intellectual Property (LAW-772).
Enrollment Limitation: 6 students

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