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Sharad K. Bijanki ( Class of 2013)

Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Undergraduate school and major: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; B.S. Chemical Engineering

Extra-curricular or co-curricular activities in which you were involved during law school:

 Intellectual Property Law Society; Clinic; Iowa Law Review; IP Moot Court

Current employer:

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Location:

Atlanta, GA

Job title:

Associate

What is your pinnacle career goal:

Argue before the Supreme Court

Description of what you do:

Litigate patents for pharmaceutical clients, and counsel clients on the best ways to protect their IP.

Your interests outside of work:

Playing legos and sports with my family; remastering and reproducing old maps.

Where did you eat lunch yesterday:

Community Q BBQ in Decatur, GA

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search:

I would encourage students who interviewed well and "clicked" with someone to follow-up and connect with that person even if they didn't get or take the job - this will help to build a relationship as part of a broader network and could lead to future opportunities or assistance on a job search (or later!).

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Buy and read a copy of "The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law"!