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What an IP Lawyer Needs to Know

Patently Obvious was kind enough to blog a Pittsblog post of mine from last May, a post that I repeat here:

A lot of my incoming patent law students have undergraduate transcripts that contain four (or more) years of coursework in science and/or engineeering–and nothing but science or engineering. No history, philosophy, art, literature, psychology. Not even economics. Occasionally, an undergraduate engineer who is looking toward law school asks me: What should I do to prepare for law school? I have two standard responses: One is: run, don’t walk, away from “law school prep courses.” (How to read cases, outline courses, take exams.) They’re worse than useless. They’re useless and expensive. Two is: Read Shakespeare. Or if not Shakespeare, then read Melville. Dickinson. Ellison. Baldwin. Morrison. Borges. Milosz. Pick a major literary figure–any gender, any genre, any era–and read that person’s works. Be literate, in every sense of that word.