Carsten Grellmann '12
Associate Attorney, Klarquist Sparkman LLP
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Previous Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Why did you choose Michigan State Law for your legal education?
I chose to attend Michigan State University because of its generous scholarship offerings and strong intellectual property curriculum.
What aspects of your legal education best prepared you for the practice of law?
The aspects of my legal education that prepared me best for practice were my clinical experience and the practical skills-based patent law courses that I took. At the Housing Law Clinic, I learned to draft legal documents, interact with clients and opposing counsel, and was able to appear in court on several occasions. In my patent drafting and licensing courses, I learned practical skills from adjunct faculty that allowed me to perform well in summer internships and in my job after law school.
What advice would you offer someone who is thinking about a career in law?
Start networking early. When I was in college and considering a career in the law, I contacted all the patent law firms in town about the possibility of a summer internship. I didn’t get an internship that summer, but I did make contact with an attorney who advised me through the rest of my college career and the law school application process. Eventually, the contact turned into an internship and then a job offer.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
I find the most rewarding thing about working in the field of patent law is the opportunity to apply analytical legal skills and strategy to the development and protection of cutting-edge advances in science and engineering.