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Small Business Legal Clinic

Penny Zhang - SBLC Patent Intern, 2017

February 26, 2018

  • Copyright 2015

The SBLC provides real-life experience working with real clients on their actual issues. In the SBLC Patent Clinic, our supervising attorney spent about half of our clinic time teaching and coaching us every week, which is rare in most law firm settings.

The SBLC Patent Clinic helped me understand what patent prosecution work is about, and what skill set is needed to work in this field. It provides a realistic view of the daily work of a patent prosecution attorney. It is also a great “try-it-out” opportunity to find out whether one would enjoy it or not. 

Overall, I believe the patent clinic is a unique experience. The clinic helps low-income people who need legal advice but cannot afford full-price legal services. This is a great experience to see how lawyers can help and connect with people. Working at the SBLC inspired me to think of how I can better help people in my future career.