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Why One Law Grad Got Hired at Covington in Almost ‘Negative Time’

Posted Aug 8, 2012 9:25 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The job market is tough for most law graduates, but that wasn’t the case for Alice Ahn, who got hired at Covington & Burling before graduation from law school at the University of California at Berkeley.

According to American Public Media’s Marketplace Tech, Ahn “was hired in no time, actually in like negative time.” Her good fortune is partly attributable to her field—patent litigation—and partly attributable to her language skills in Korean and Japanese. Her bio also notes “a strong background in computer software and electronics.”

Marketplace Tech explains why intellectual property is such a budding field with a quote from Max Grant, the IP litigation co-chair at Latham & Watkins. “At least in the smart phone area, it’s become World War III,” he says. Many of the tech companies fighting over IP are in Asia or doing business there.

Prior coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Bilingual Lawyers in Demand, But Jobs Are Temporary; Apple Hires Korean Speakers in Samsung Spat"

ABAJournal.com: "Job Hunting Is Easy—If You Are an Experienced Patent Lawyer with a High-Tech Degree"

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