Technical Specialists are professionals with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or computer science who work in law firms and corporate legal departments assisting with patent prosecution efforts. These Technical Specialists, or “Tech Specs” serve as subject matter experts and begin the process of learning patent law on the job. Typically, Tech Specs who wish to become lawyers attend law school in Suffolk University Law School’s evening division while working at a law firm or corporate legal department by day. Employers often underwrite the cost of the law degree which makes a career transition relatively cost and risk free. Each employer determines how and when a Tech Spec’s education would be paid for.
Suffolk’s Expertise – Supporting Tech Specs with a legal education tailored to their needs
Over 100 years ago, Suffolk University Law School started as an evening program focused on meeting the needs of the professional practitioner. From inception, the evening program has been a thought leader regarding delivering an exceptional legal education experience and has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top providers of part time education. Further, the school’s intellectual property concentration has been similarly lauded for its breadth, practical approach and student body. The school’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship clinic providers hands-on work experiences with clients and its experiential education programs have allowed students to work with start-ups, inventors and companies.
Suffolk University Law School graduates work at major biotech and high technology companies, along with academic medical centers, universities and law firms. Suffolk has more Intellectual Property partners at law firms in Boston than any other New England law school. During their time at Suffolk, as well as upon graduation, Technical Specialists access a tremendous network of intellectual property professionals. These connections enhance the learning experience as well as create opportunities for robust career paths. Below are profiles of our graduates who have taken advantage of the technical specialist program. While no employment or similiar career path is guaranteed, these profiles offer solid examples of why and how professionals made the career switch to law.
John Anastasi, Partner, Lando & Anastasi, LLP
Rob Niazi, Partner, Brown, Riceman
After I graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, I worked designing predictive control systems for fuel cell busses for United Technology Corporation, and then later I worked at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering on instrumentation It was great work, but after a time I wanted to make a more specific and personal contribution to innovation. I learned about the path to become a lawyer at a career fair and became intrigued with the patent agent position. I took a job at a firm in Boston called Brown, Riceman and the firm decided to send me to law school. I am now a partner with the firm.
Suffolk University partners closely with legal employers in order to maintain a thriving network of intellectual property practitioners, as well as to contribute to the innovation ecosystem based in Boston, Cambridge and beyond. Below are links to employer career sites where you can explore their technical special programs in more detail.
Interested in learning more? Contact Karen Katz, Director, Intellectual Property Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or request additional information below.