Greg R. Vetter, Univ. of Houston Law Center

Intellectual Property Academic & Career Advising
This page provides information for University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) students in planning their IPIL course selection during their 2nd and 3rd years at UHLC.

In addition, this page provides resources and generally applicable input about careers in intellectual property.
IP & IL Academic Advising for Law Center Course Selection

The UHLC Intellectual Property and Information Law Institute (IPIL Institute) has academic advising materials available for students interested in Intellectual Property and Information Law at UHLC.

Here is a short summary describing student options. This one-page document is a typical IPIL academic advising memo to students.

Please note that the 2014-15 academic year has one change from the typical pattern: Patent Law is offered only in Fall 2014, and will not be offered in Spring 2015.

Here are the detailed slides from an academic advising presentation from a prior year. These four slides support two audio presentations below.

The first audio presentation corresponds to the first two slides. It discusses career considerations I suggest students apply to their course selection decision process.

The second audio presentation discusses the schedule, rhythm, structure and content of the IPIL courses typically available.

Please note that this recording was originally created in the Spring of 2008 during an era when IP Survey was regularly offered each Fall semester in both a day and evening section. Since then, starting in Fall of 2010, the evening IP Survey section is only guaranteed to be offered every other year (with Fall of 2010 an "off" year with no evening section of IP Survey). Since the Fall of 2010, IP Survey has been offered twice in many Fall semesters.

Thus, the sequencing for part‑time division students might require additional planning if IP Survey is only available every other year in evening in the fall. See:
for a posting of the fall semesters when IP Survey will be taught in the evening.

Also, the schedule of rotating patent law and copyright law in the evening on alternative spring semesters is a typical, but not guaranteed pattern. Since 2008 there have been years where copyright was instead offered in the Fall, and the same thing has happened with patent law.

Opportunities for UHLC IP Students to Join IP Associations

A number of IP associations offer membership benefits to law students interested in IP at very reasonable rates.

The Houston IP Law Association,, offers student memberships.

The American IP Law Association,, offers student memberships, and their student membership includes access to a job fair held each October.

Adjunct faculty professor in Denver provides free patent bar topic lectures

"Do you know someone who is studying for the USPTO patent bar exam? If so, you might want to let them know about my free-of-charge audio lectures at . Each lecture is directed to a single topic that is likely to come up on the exam, and is fifteen to thirty minutes in length. Each lecture may be downloaded to an audio player and comes with a one- or two-page study guide to be printed out from a PDF file."

Carl Oppedahl
Adjunct professor, U of Denver Law School
Partner, Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC

IP Employment - discussion with a student about a stalled job search

I regularly speak to students about their IP employment search. While no two discussions are exactly alike, there are common themes. In order to capture those common themes, in the Fall of 2004 I recorded a conversation with a student who spoke with me about a stalled job search. The student gave her permission to discuss her situation hypothetically. This provided an interactive format to raise and discuss issues. My hope is that listening to this thirty-eight minute conversation will be useful for other students in a similar situation.

Here is the audio track of my discussion with the student about her particular job search.

{ other materials forthcoming }

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