Fish & Richardson Hosts 21 Students in Washington, D.C., for Inaugural Education Program, "School of Fish: STEM Careers in IP"

Earlier this month, Fish & Richardson hosted 21 students in Washington, D.C., as part of the inaugural educational series experience, “School of Fish: STEM Careers in IP.” More than any other field of legal practice, intellectual property law calls for attorneys who are technically minded, scientifically literate, and up to date on the latest innovations. The School of Fish program familiarizes aspiring scientists and engineers with the opportunities that exist in this unique and challenging profession and helps them take the first steps toward pursuing a career in IP law.  

"We launched the School of Fish program to introduce students from historically underrepresented communities to intellectual property law,” said Director of Diversity & Inclusion Whitney Smallwood. “This program not only highlights Fish's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion but also showcases our passion for nurturing the next generation of IP practitioners and leaders." 

During the in-person program, participants explored the inner workings of IP from creation to protection, discussed the intricacies of patent litigation, learned about navigating educational and career paths, and took a deep dive into the law school testing process. The participants also enjoyed a group dinner and tour of the U.S. Capitol. This in-person program culminated the semester-long series which began in October 2023 and featured five virtual seminars on topics including “What is IP?”, “Patent Prosecution,” and “Careers in IP.” 

Reflecting on the program, one participant stated, “I knew a bit about IP from my university’s career resources, but nothing compared to being immersed in the environment and having direct access to multiple experts in the field. I was able to ask about the entire process, from where I am now to after law school; by participating in this program, I feel that my path to a career in IP has been cleared.” 

Another participant said: “School of Fish is a wonderful introductory program that I would recommend to all aspiring engineers and scientists, regardless of whether they are interested in pursuing IP law as a career. The program administrators and instructors exhibit a sincere commitment to advancing our knowledge of the field and sharing their experience. I also appreciated the cohort-based format where you get a chance to connect with some of the most talented students in the country.” 

IP law integrates cutting-edge science and technology with business acumen and dynamic legal strategy. Attorneys in this field resolve complex patent disputes, create new trademarks and patents, provide advice on copyright issues, and more. The School of Fish program aims to ensure that the next generation of STEM-focused students are prepared to explore this challenging and rewarding industry. For more information on School of Fish, please visit: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Fish & Richardson (