simplycatalina wrote:Thoughts on taking IP as a 1L?
Prof next semester should be great, so that's definitely one reason to take it.
From what I've seen, it is helpful if you want to work in patents and you don't have a strong technical background. It helps show an interest and it will help you know WTF you're talking about when you interview for IP positions. There aren't many schools that offer IP to 1Ls so I think it can actually be a real advantage to be able to display some grasp over the subject.
If you have a really strong technical background, you don't need IP on your transcript, so take 14th Amendment instead. The A+ will probably help you a lot more.
If it is uncurved, and you want to do IP, I think it is a no-brainer.
If it is curved, definitely count on it harming your GPA, both from the grade itself and because it will divert you from focusing on other classes. There will be a lot of students in there with IP backgrounds and who are going to be working in IP, so the curve will not be easy. The tradeoff might be worth it, but it depends on what the rest of your resume looks like and what kind of law you want to practice.