Labs and Practicums offer live-client experiences under supervision of full-time and adjunct faculty practitioners.
The Tulane Intellectual Property (IP) Labs in Patent and Trademark allow students to obtain practical, real-world experience representing clients in patent and trademark matters on a pro bono basis before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Students under supervision help screen and interview clients, conduct patentability or registerability searches, counsel the client regarding the results, and, if appropriate, draft and file patent or trademark applications, responses, and other documents necessary to the application.
Students staff the labs during the academic year and are supervised by adjunct faculty practitioners.
Students applying for the IP Lab in patents must have the technical background described in the General Requirements Bulletin on the USPTO website, available on pages 4-10 at: https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/OED_GRB.pdf.
The Immigrants’ Rights Practicum, offered in the spring semester, consists of a seminar and a field placement with the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ). The practicum integrates lawyering theory, skills and doctrine in the context of representing noncitizens (seeking nonimmigrant U status). Students will be assigned to work in pairs, under the supervision of a NOWCRJ attorney and Prof. Hlass, on one U nonimmigrant status application for a NOWCRJ client.