Career Profiles

Jillian Waldron ‘15

Legal Extern for the Law Offices of Sayson & Associates

Jillian Waldron ‘15

What were your responsibilities?
I worked at the Law Offices of Sayson & Associates during the summer following my 2L year. My primary responsibility was to draft the first draft of both domestic and international Consumer Products Licensing Agreements. This type of agreement governs the relationship between people that own intellectual property and items that are sold to consumers. For example, when you see the Despicable Me characters on a box of cereal, there is a licensing agreement between NBCUniversal and the maker of that type of cereal.

What excited you most about the job?
Since I am extremely interested in entertainment law, I was most excited about getting to work in that field for the first time. Although my previous externship focused on intellectual property, specifically trademark law, this was my first exposure to one facet of entertainment law.

Also, the firm works closely with the Partnership and Licensing department of NBCUniversal. During my externship I was able to get a peek at both life as a solo practitioner (at the law firm) and working in house for a multi-media corporation. I was fortunate to be able to tag along to several meetings at NBCUniversal. It was exciting to see the different ways that one can practice entertainment law.

How did you find the position?
I found the job through Whittier Law School’s externship office. It was one of the placements that I applied to during the Spring 2014 resume collect.

How did your education and experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this position?
I believe that my education and experience at Whittier Law School are what helped me to secure the externship. If I had not excelled in Copyright and Trademark Law, and I had not taken advantage of the France study abroad program, I do not think that I would have been hired as an extern.

Further, my academic experienced helped me to understand what I was drafting and to put that academic knowledge into practical experience.

Do you have any advice for students or alum seeking employment, particularly in your industry?
I would recommend taking as many Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law related classes as possible and to just keep applying to any/all externships/internships that are related in any way to IP and Entertainment law. I’ve applied to so many externships that I never heard back from. It’s easy to get discouraged, but you’ll never know if you won’t be picked for something if you never apply. You might get a position that you never thought you could get! You just have to keep on pushing.