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Joan Kluger '92

What was your experience like at Delaware Law School?
It was great; I really enjoyed it. I was an Evening Division student with a growing family and initially working during the day. My professors were top-notch across the board – they presented the class material well and led engaging discussions.

What has your career path been since graduation?
My career path was different than many because of my family life. My first child was one when I started law school, and my second child was born during my second year. So I didn’t have the capacity to pursue the traditional path that many law students take – interning and/or working as a summer associate - that, following graduation, leads them to a full-time offer of employment. This made it more challenging initially, but I have worked my way to my desired employment at an AmLaw 100 firm where I practice Intellectual Property law.

What is your typical day like?
I counsel clients on protecting their inventions and brands through patent and trademark procurement and enforcement, both domestically and internationally. This includes evaluating whether inventions and trademarks are protectable, and if so, preparing and filing applications to register those rights with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and working with law firms around the world to procure foreign rights. 

What was the benefit of being an extended division (ED) student?
With a growing family, night school was my only choice to pursue a law degree. The class time options fit well with my schedule and made it easy to coordinate law school with parenting.