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Vol. 40 No. 6
Patent examiners, therapy dogs, and who’s citing you?
Calling all scientists, engineers, and techies

Trying to figure out what type of practice interests you? Is your undergrad degree or previous work experience in science, engineering, or technology?

If so, consider being a patent examiner, advises Richard L. Hermann at Law Careers Blog. In a post called “Hidden Legal Job Gems in the America Invents Act,” Hermann explains that recently enacted law has authorized the hiring of 2,000 additional patent examiners for the “severely understaffed” US Patent and Trademark Office, and, within the next three years, the establishment of three satellite offices.

One such office will be in Detroit. The other two locations have yet to be announced; Hermann predicts they will be in Texas and California. “Keep in mind that a substantial portion of the patent examining corps consists of attorneys,” he notes.

And even if working in a patent office doesn’t appeal to you, it might still be worth your while to learn more about the America Invents Act and the location of the new satellite offices. Wherever they end up opening, Hermann predicts, they will “become magnets for the creation of new legal positions in the private sector” in the areas surrounding them.


Sit. Stay. Relax. Good student!

It’s not unusual for law schools to take on the subject of stress by offering tips on how to eat right, manage your time, and get enough rest.

But during fall exams, Stetson University College of Law brought in an unusual team of stress-busters: Duncan, Hans, and Brando—all certified therapy dogs.

In a post called “Therapy Dogs,” the law library blog, Just Us, For All, notes the days and times that students were welcome to come take a study break in the library atrium and pet the dogs, who were there with their handlers—two of whom are professors.

The Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library sounds like a pretty relaxing place, in general: The blog also notes that the library has a big selection of movies available for free rental, and an extensive collection of books—for leisure reading, not just to study.


Who’s citing you?

If you work on law review or have contributed to any other research publication, you might be interested in a new feature from Google Scholar that lets authors compute how many times their articles have been cited and track that data over time.

In a post called “Google Scholar Citations,” Lucie Olejnikova of the Pace Law School library briefly explains the new feature and recommends visiting to learn more.

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