Thankfully, there's an exciting and underserved niche in fashion law. There is a rash of budding entrepreneurs looking to be the next Yves Saint-Laurent, and the John Marshall Law School is willing to sew up the gap.
The John Marshall Fashion Law Society is the first Fashion Law Society in the Midwest....Obviously, Marshall is on to something, having the first such society and identifying this budding niche. If you're one of those law school girls who likes shiny and expensive things, you should consider specializing in this area. Who knows where this open-toed road leads? In-house counsel at Coach? Legal beagle for Marie Claire? Niche criminal defense attorney who defends crimes against fashion? (Drab black robe again, your honor?)
On Nov. 20, The Fashion Law Society is focusing their efforts on educating current and potential business owners in the fashion industry. The event will feature presentations from John Marshall’s Trademark Clinic and Patent Clinic regarding Intellectual Property issues as they relate to design. There will also be a presentation from John Marshall’s Business Enterprise Law Clinic of information about business entities and agreements that are essential for proper industry business dealings.
Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to participate in client intake interviews with the law clinics presenting at the event.
Without law schools, would the market be able to identify such a "niche" of legal practice while it's busy helping oil companies and banks, evicted tenants and single mothers? This is a prime example of a law school meeting an unmet need and providing (subsidized? pro bono?) clinical resources to assist in filling it.
Speaking of law schools producing good things that are hip and sexy and smooth, here's Larry Mitchell doing poetry. (Poetry requires an understanding of semantics, interpretation, and structural relationships; it is clearly JD Advantage!)