What law school must I attend to practice Fashion Law?
Simply put, attend any excellent law school, especially one with prominent alumni who have already excelled in Fashion Law. An excellent law school is not necessarily one with a posh name, however. Great law schools for Fashion Law are usually near urban centers of commerce. Attending a law school that offers a well-rounded, solid curriculum is critical. Excelling in numerous classes in Intellectual Property law is a sound approach to demonstrate true interest in the topic. Some law schools are even developing Fashion Law programs, such as Fordham and New York Law. These programs are welcome additions to the curriculum of these law schools. However, an attorney did not necessarily have to graduate from one of these schools to work in the field.
What subjects are the most important to know for Fashion Lawyers?
It is important to remember that a practice in "Fashion Law" draws on a lawyer's general knowledge of all basic legal topics, and Fashion Law is not a discipline that exists in a vacuum. Strong knowledge of fundamentals such as intellectual property, contract law, civil procedure, evidence, tax and criminal law is critical to developing a strong practice in this specialty.
What jobs are best for beginning a Fashion Law practice?
Consider spending summers working in the in-house legal department at a company, or at a law firm with a strong IP department and/or Fashion Law practice. The purpose of a brief internship is to learn about how the fashion world really works, and to demonstrate commitment to this specialty even before you graduate. Many candidates seem to suddenly develop an interest in the specialty upon graduation, but have absolutely nothing on their resume to substantiate it. Future employers are likely to be skeptical of such a candidate.
Additional ideas to help with developing a Fashion Law practice...
Publish numerous articles on topics in Fashion Law. Approach professors or practitioners to develop current topics. Attend conferences and network. The International Trademark Association annual conference, for example, is a fantastic place to network with literally hundreds of other professionals in the field. Very few lawyers and law students seem to attend these conferences, nor do law students seem to network much. Try and find a mentor. There are many of us in the field who are eager to help.
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