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ENGAGE with the community through service and advocacy

Texas A&M School of Law has a commitment to public and community service. At the core of our mission is the fundamental idea that students should be meaningfully engaged in learning activities through interaction and collaboration with others while working on worthwhile tasks that serve the community. The university takes seriously its mission of public service and requires each student to complete 30 hours of pro bono legal services prior to graduation. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation of and commitment to the importance of giving back to the community and improving access to legal services.

  • Through CLIP’s partnership with TECH Fort Worth, students help to foster local entrepreneurship and contribute to the community’s creative economy. Students conduct IP audits for start-up companies and help draft IP strategic plans.
  • Students researched intellectual property issues for the estate of Crazy Horse, including trademark issues, rights of publicity, the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, and the intersection of federal IP law with tribal law.
  • Students worked to assist a Zuni mural artist with copyright issues surrounding a mural in the Zuni Mission church.
  • Students assisted the Amon Carter Museum of American Art with research on copyright issues.
  • Need To Know Workshops hosted by CLIP are student-driven and provide practical legal education and training to artists and arts administrators
  • Students authored a collaborative work to assist entrepreneurs with innovative technologies navigate the legal framework of intellectual property law.
  • Through the Intellectual Property Entrepreneurship Clinic, students conduct IP audits and draft IP strategic plans for start-up companies with proprietary technologies.

CLIP takes full advantage of its surroundings, and affords students the opportunity to engage with the community through partnerships with community organizations, such as:

Need to Know Workshops
 

Learn about the latest Need to Know workshop here. CLIP has launched a series of Need To Know workshops, which serve to educate and train local artists and arts administrators in IP issues, from current copyright and trademark issues in the visual/performing arts, to work for hire and ownership issues. CLIP has conducted Need to Know workshops with many community partners, including the Arts Council of Tarrant County, the Dallas Art Dealers Association, the Trinity Arts Guild, Texas Christian University, and the Grapevine Arts Project.