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Providing ME Students Opportunities to Enroll in Law School CoursesOne of the strengths of the mechanical engineering curriculum is its broad applicability toa variety of professions. Thus, a student majoring in mechanical engineering may end upgoing to medical school, or earn an MBA. Another such alternative path which isgaining more traction is attending law school or directly applying for a job as a patentexaminer where a JD is not required. We strive to provide our students with informationto make better career decisions while still working on their undergraduate degrees. Wehave thus collaborated with our university’s law school to allow roughly five engineeringjuniors each year to enroll in one of their courses taken by second and third year lawschool students. To date, students have taken a course entitled ‘Introduction toIntellectual Property.’ This year, a second course is being added: ‘Environmental Law.’There are several challenges to overcome to provide this opportunity. For example, ourlaw school is on a semester system while our engineering program is on the quartersystem. Until last year, the two programs maintained different spring breaks. Eventuition and registration becomes problematic due to being in different schools/collegesand one being an undergraduate program and the other a graduate program. However,the benefits to the students have been shown to clearly outweigh the costs. In the fullpaper, we will detail the mechanisms used to successfully implement this program andprovide direct feedback from the students who have participated to date. In short, thestudents unanimously agreed that the program was extremely worthwhile and over 20%of those participating are now considering a career combining engineering and law.
Gordon, M., & Davidson, B., & Lengsfeld, C. S., & Chao, B. (2015, June), Providing M.E. Students Opportunities to Enroll in Law School Courses Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24619
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