Greg R. Vetter, Univ. of Houston Law Center

Current Research Assistant Positions Available

I have a specific need for a student interested in patent law for research assistant work during the Spring 2016 semester and perhaps into the Summer of 2016. The project involves digesting for republication an existing patent law article authored by me, as well as generating a blog post for it along with perhaps other short spin-off works. The article is here:, Are Prior User Rights Good for Software 73 Tex. IP LJ 251 (2015).pdf

More generally, I seek applications from students interested in working on intellectual property and computer law topics. Specifically, the likely subjects for my research over the next year or two are: (1) patent law as it relates to software; (2) free and open source software licensing and intellectual property (most particularly copyright as it applies to software); and (3) enterprise software licensing and procurement, particularly in the field of health information technology.

I am currently in need of several research assistants. Ideally, applicants are 2L who can provide some effort over the current and upcoming academic year. The intention is that there would be a continuing engagement during the applicant's 3L year.

The typical arrangement for UHLC law student research assistants is to work for an hourly rate stipulated by the Law Center.

Research Assistantships

This page provides information for University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) students interested in applying for a research assistant opportunity with me.

I enjoy working with students in Directed Research engagements. I appreciate the contribution their efforts make to my scholarship. My philosophy is to make the experience beneficial for both of us. The close working relationship allows mentoring and professional acquaintance to grow beyond that of the class environment, which contributes to a mutually satisfying experience.

An overview of my practices is as follows. I typically meet with research assistants about once every several weeks. I usually provide written instructions for large projects, but provide additional requests and feedback during our meetings or via email. I often have research assistants write memoranda summarizing their research findings. Among other benefits, this allows me, if desired by the student, to evaluate the student's writing and provide feedback. This is also useful later if the student requests that I act as their recommender. To monitor the research, I supply a simple spreadsheet for students to record their research time for submittal to me. This also creates a record to meet the requirements for earning pay or credit. The research topics are seasonal - they depend on my current project and on where I am in the life-cycle of that project. At the start of a new Directed Research engagement, I supply a detailed document (around a dozen pages) describing these and other practices and procedures. I do this because it is important to me that the student have clear notice of how I would like to operate the engagement and what our joint expectations should be.

Below you will find a document describing how to apply. If you are interested, I hope that you will do so. I would enjoy the opportunity to meet you via the application process.

How to Apply and My Requirements

This document describes how to apply and the course of the application process.

UHLC Documents related to Directed Research (not available for use as of the Fall Semester of 2013)

Research assistantships occur under the courses for Directed Research Assistance: 5199, 5299 and 5399; for one, two or three hours of credit respectively. As a result, there are various administrative requirements to establish a student for Directed Research Assistance.

Students should review the following excerpt from the UHLC Student Handbook:

Student Handbook Excerpts Related to Research Assistantships

Students should also review the petition required to register for Directed Research (however, there is no need to complete the petition until such a time when the student has secured a research assistantship with me):

Directed Research Petition

Of particular import is the Student Handbook requirement that one hour of Directed Research Assistance translates into sixty hours of actual time. Students should consider this in evaluating the number of Directed Research credit hours to which they aspire.

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