Diane Cooper JD '14
A biotechnology major, Diane Cooper worked in research and development for the University of Michigan and Bristol-Myers Squibb before coming to law school. Working in research piqued her interest in intellectual property and contract law.
Now a second year law student, Cooper chose to attend Quinnipiac School of Law because of the collaborative environment and supportive faculty. "I've found the faculty to be very accessible," she says. "They truly care about the students, and they take the time to go above and beyond."
Over the summer, Diane interned with the in-house corporate counsel at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BI). Working with different groups of attorneys within the legal department gave her a broad perspective. She had the opportunity to participate in interesting projects with the Operations group, the Intellectual Property group, and the Employment group. One of Cooper's tasks was to help standardize the terms and conditions language used for BI's Savings Card programs.
The experience underscored the importance of knowing the business of your client, Cooper says. She learned that understanding the client's goals and objectives is critical to to being an effective business partner.
"I was able to learn from talented and dedicated attorneys who were excited to participate in teaching and mentoring the interns. It was a great experience," she says.
After law school, Cooper is planning to stay in Connecticut and is interested working for a law firm. She is especially interested in health care law and intellectual property law.
At Quinnipiac, Diane serves as the vice president of the Health Law Society. She is also an admissions ambassador, and is a staff member on Law Review.
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