The Director of Suffolk University Law School's Intellectual Property Program (IP Program) will be responsible for pursuing partnerships, both locally and nationally, with corporations, law firms and other institutions of higher education. The goals of the partnerships are to provide opportunities for developing impactful conferences and programs; funding for programmatic initiatives, increasing the IP Program's reputational footprint nationally; securing additional IP internships, jobs, and skills-based experiences for students; and recruiting technical specialists attending the Law School.
The Director will interface with IP faculty members, alumni volunteers, and IP lawyers to continually evaluate and prioritize the Law School's goals in the IP area. The Director also will work to develop new programs that help to fit those goals and collaborate with the IP faculty on existing IP programs and activities, including growing the online IP Certificate Program and assisting with the administration of the Law School's Master's of Science in Law: Life Sciences (MSLL) degree. This is not a faculty position, but adjunct teaching options may be available to candidates with an appropriate background.
Develop and oversee conferences, events, and continuing legal education programs in IP law in consultation with the Law School's IP concentration directors and IP faculty.
Develop sponsorship programs for these events and create a financially sustainable model for the Law School's conference and events offerings.
In consultation with the Associate Dean of Admission, develop relationships with colleges with strong STEM programs, as well as law firms and other employers of technical specialists, to grow the number of technical specialists attending the Law School.
Assist the Dean of Admission on recruitment efforts in this area.
In consultation with the Associate Dean for Professional & Career Development, provide practice area-specific career counseling to law students and recent graduates and serve as the Law School's liaison to legal employers to increase IP internship and postgraduate opportunities for current students and recent graduates.
In consultation with the Office of Graduate Programs and the Faculty Director of the MSLL program, assist in finding appropriate placement opportunities for students in the MSLL degree program.
Assist with the marketing and communications of the Law School's IP programs in order to enhance the Law School's regional and national reputation in this area.
Assist the Office of Graduate Programs to market the Law School's MSLL degree program.
Engage alumni who are practicing in IP law and educate them about the Law School's IP efforts.
Coordinate efforts of the Law School's engaged IP alumni
Engage in fundraising, apply for grants, and seek corporate/law firm sponsorships to support the Law School's IP initiatives.
Prepare and oversee a budget for the Law School's IP efforts
Provide the administrative support to service the students in the online IP certificate program and provide advice regarding program content (including the need for updates to material).
Provide assistance with growing the number of students in the online IP certificate program
Collaborate with IP faculty on other possible certificate initiatives
JD degree from an accredited law school
At least three years of experience in Intellectual Property law
Ability to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including alumni and faculty members
Self-starter who is comfortable developing and implementing strategic plans
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Outlook)
Strong administrative skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills, with ability to present information clearly, logically and concisely.
Strong program development with a service orientation.
Highly collaborative with strong communication skills.
Innovative and creative: inspires and develops new approaches to addressing challenges and problems.
Establishes a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for diversity and inclusion.
Contributes to a climate of civility, honesty, cooperation, professionalism and fairness.
Suffolk University Law School has a strong national reputation in intellectual property law. Current programs include a concentration in IP law and a patent law specialization. Students can take courses that explore the numerous facets of IP law as well as participate in an IP Law Clinic that represents traditionally underserved clients. The Law School's part-time evening program has traditionally attracted students with engineering and life science backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career in patent law. Many of these students work as technical specialists for Boston-area law firms and are engaged in patent work while they attend law school. Because of these curricular strengths, Suffolk Law has more patent law partners in Boston-area law firms than any other law school.
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About Suffolk University
Located right in the heart of downtown Boston, Suffolk University gives its students unparalleled access to the city and all it offers.Our college green is the Boston Common. We are steps from dozens of historic sites like the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus' Boston and Suffolk blend together. That means our students have incredible access to a wealth of opportunities, whether it's museums and restaurants or internships and co-ops. At the same time, we also take pride in being a personal, student-centered school, where faculty and administrators know students by name. We take the time to recognize each student's promise, figure out what makes him or her tick, and build important mentoring relationships.As we have done since our founding, we strive for one thing at Suffolk: give students the tools they need to be successful, smart, and satisfied at whatever they choose to do.