Fort Worth/Dallas: A Strategic Location for Learning IP

Downtown Fort Worth TXTexas A&M is located in downtown Fort Worth, an ideal place for studying IP issues related to entrepreneurship, technology and the arts. Our strategic location provides close proximity to and ample internship opportunities with judges and a broad range of employers, including law firms, government agencies, corporate legal departments and not-for-profit organizations.

Dallas TX skylineHaving ranked as the #1 area for job growth and one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, Fort Worth/Dallas is a hub for major corporations, entrepreneurs, information technology enterprises and the oil and gas industry.

The Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) metro area is currently home to more than 20 Fortune 500 companies (third in the country for the number of Fortune 500 headquarters, behind New York City and Chicago), including Exxon Mobil, McKesson, AT&T, Energy Transfer Equity, American Airlines Group, Southwest Airlines, Tenet Healthcare, Fluor, Texas Instruments, D.R. Horton, Jacobs Engineering, Kimberly-Clark and Yum China Holdings. DFW hosts 3 Global 20 companies, tied with Beijing, with no other global metro hosting more than one.

The DFW metroplex, where the microchip was invented by Texas Instruments, has the 7th largest concentration of high-tech jobs in the U.S. and Texas ranks #2 in high-tech employment nationwide. Forbes lists Fort-Worth Dallas as #7 of "America's Top 10 Cities of the Future," with 3 other Texas cities in the top 10. 

The Texas regional office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office also has a growing working relationship with our Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP). Located in Dallas and easily accessible via the Trinity Railway Express, this office serves the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

In addition, the Fort Worth/Dallas metro area features a thriving arts and cultural community, which will offer you not only internship opportunities, but also an unsurpassed quality of life. A safe, welcoming and ​diverse community, Fort Worth/Dallas is ranked as a top 20 "Best Place to Live" by U.S. News and World Report.

Texas at nightThe Texas economy is one of the largest in the United States. If Texas were a nation, it would rank as the 10th largest economy in the world based on GDP, ahead of Australia, Mexico, Spain, Russia and many others. Across all 50 states, Texas currently has the third-highest number of Fortune 500 companies in the country.

Jobs in Texas are growing faster than in the rest of the nation – not just in the area of oil and gas. According to data provided by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas added more jobs than any other state in 2014 and led the nation in job growth for five consecutive years. The area was ranked #1 in job growth in 2016 and #2 in 2017 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Texas, known for its diverse economic strength, robust infrastructure, low taxes, superior quality of life, skilled workforce and convenient central location, leads the nation in exports (over $315B in 2018) and job creation. For the 14th consecutive year, Texas was named the "Best State for Business" by Chief Executive Magazine and CNBC named Texas the "Top State for Business" for the fourth time.