IP Studies in the Nation's Capital
One of the great benefits of studying intellectual property law at GW is that the "real world" is at the student's doorstep. Across the Potomac River stands the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Nearby Capitol Hill is home to the Copyright Office and the House and Senate Judiciary Committees with principal jurisdiction for intellectual property legislation. Students thus have the opportunity not only to observe hearings and oral arguments at many of these institutions but also to work as interns on the Hill, in the executive branch and with bar and trade associations. The National Courts Building on Lafayette Square across from the White House (and four blocks from GW) houses courtrooms of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In addition, more symposia, seminars, and colloquia relating to intellectual property are held in Washington, D.C., than in any other city in the world.