Carlos Tirado

Hometown: Allentown, PA

Education: The Pennsylvania State University, Mechanical Engineering and Economics

Job: Intellectual Property Associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in NYC

Program: Full-Time Day

Temple Law Community

While at Temple Law, I was an Academic Core Enrichment Counselor, a Temple Law Review Staff Editor, and an Intellectual Property Moot Court member. I also served as a teaching assistant for Professor Mark Rahdert in Torts and Dean Donald Harris in Introduction to Intellectual Property. These experiences were crucial to my development as a law student because they allowed me to a better communicator, advocate, writer, and editor. They also provided the opportunity to closely interact with other law students and faculty members.

Experiential Opportunities

I participated in the Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program (FJC) where I was assigned to the Honorable Lynne A. Sitarski in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This experience was invaluable because I learned about the inner workings of the judiciary and the do’s and don’ts for litigators. I also participated in the Patent Assessment Practicum at Jefferson Innovation which reinforced and allowed me to further explore my interest in intellectual property.

Alumni Advice

Be kind and respectful your to classmates. Law school is one big competition and it creates a lot of uneasiness, but things can be smoothed over when people help each other and are not contemptible and unmannered due to the inherently competitive nature of law school. Your classmates will be the first members of your professional network in your legal career and your future colleagues for some, so start off your reputation on the right foot.

Cut-and-dried answers are not commonplace in law school. Ambiguity will become your best friend and you will have to aside false dichotomies of black and white to discern shades of grey. Avoid getting lost in the nitty gritty details and stay cognizant of what common sense dictates to formulate the big picture.

Do not become a workaholic. An ounce of strategy can be worth an abundance of hard work. This will allow you to take some “me” time (e.g., exercise, watch Netflix, or have a drink with friends). Whatever it is that you do as a hobby, keep doing it. This will help ensure you do not burn out.