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New concentrations offered in Immigration Law, IP Law

Dynamic fields feature highly rewarding and exciting job opportunities

(Boston, Revised-11/20/14) New England Law | Boston:  Immigration Law and Intellectual Property (IP) Law are dynamic fields that feature highly rewarding and exciting job opportunities. New England Law | Boston has responded to the growth in these specialties with two new concentrations, which provides students with a further focus while in law school and additional credentials for when they enter the job market. 
Vanessa R. Woodman de Lazo ’14 Vanessa R. Woodman de Lazo ’14 is clerking as an attorney in the San Diego Immigration Court through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, the most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind. > Learn more.

“The concentrations take full advantage of New England Law’s strong faculty, broad range of courses, and wealth of experiential learning opportunities,” said Dean John F. O’Brien. “We have equipped students to hit the ground running in an ever-changing legal marketplace for more than a century, and we will continue to innovate to meet that challenge.” 
Both the Immigration Law Concentration and the  IP Law Concentration have a variety of course options, allowing students to tailor their studies to specific interests and career goals. Students can also take advantage of the school’s online Pathways to the Profession of Law ™ program, which includes Immigration Law and Intellectual Property, to help make informed course selection decisions.
Serge Subach '14 Serge Subach '14 credits his professors and the school’s Summer Fellowship Program with his landing a job with the IP litigation group at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C.  > Learn more.
Hands-on work experience is integrated through select clinical, fellowship, internship, and moot court and mock trial competition opportunities, among other options. Students also have access to study abroad opportunities, related activities and events, specialized job listings, and faculty advisors with deep expertise.
Students amass a portfolio of experiences representative of their knowledge and proficiencies, which is formally recognized on their law school transcripts.
Professor Dina Francesca Haynes, coordinator of the Immigration Law Concentration, directs the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project of the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. Professor Haynes’s background includes positions with human rights and refugee organizations, including the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations, and her legal scholarship is focused on these issues and immigration law, human trafficking, and migration, among others. She teaches Immigration Law, The Law and Ethics of Lawyering, International Women's Issues, Refugee and Asylum Law, and Property.
Professor Dina Haynes           Professor Dina Haynes
“Immigration Law is rich, complex, and ever changing,” says Haynes. “There is a constant need for legal representation in this field, which can literally have life or death consequences.  It is also an incredibly collegial field, and you will never meet an immigration lawyer who has not felt extraordinarily uplifted by a win for a client.
“An immigration law concentration can lead to opportunities helping immigrants, including working for the federal government and on criminal law issues, and advising businesses. It can also help students with an interest in international law become more marketable within the U.S. or in a UN agency.”
Associate Professor Peter J. Karol, coordinator of the IP Law Concentration and a faculty member of the Intellectual Property Institute of the Center for Business Law, is a former IP partner at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP, Boston, where he developed broad practice experience as a patent, trademark and copyright litigator, and global IP portfolio developer. Professor Karol’s scholarship focuses on a diverse array of intellectual property subjects, including scholarly articles in the fields of patent litigation procedure, trademark history, and peer-to-peer copyright infringement. 
Professor Peter Karol          Professor Peter Karol
His 2013 article, "Affixing the Service Mark: Reconsidering the Rise of an Oxymoron," was judged one of the best law review articles of the year related to IP Law. He teaches Current Issues in Intellectual Property, Copyright, Property, and Trademarks and Unfair Competition, as well as Intellectual Property and Human Rights in New England Law’s international study program.
“IP is currently one of the strongest fields in law, and our location in the heart of Boston provides ready access to leading life science, technology and IP firms, Internet companies, and start-ups,” says Professor Karol. “Almost all contemporary businesses rely on IP to some degree, whether to protect their client lists, brands, or patented technology.  IP litigators, patent and trademark prosecutors, and licensing and technology transfer attorneys are all in particularly high demand.
“IP law is also tremendously in flux, and lawyers must always be ready to respond to changes in the law, which makes for a very exciting field.”
Both fields have been rated “hot” in recent “What’s Hot and What’s Not” reports (Robert Denney Associates, Inc.). “There is definitely a great deal of interest and activity in them,” says Mandie LeBeau, director of the Career Services Office. “We are committed to helping students achieve their career goals and we work one-on-one with students who want to break into these fields– and many others–beginning in their first year of law school.”


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