Embarking on a legal career and landing a job at a law firm (such as maggianolaw) means lots of hard work studying through college to earn the relevant qualifications and accreditations. But with so many different practice areas it can be hard to know which area to specialise in. One area of growing popularity is fashion law which offers a unique route forward for people wishing to combine legal studies with a passion for fashion. So, what’s involved in studying a college degree in fashion law? Is it all just one big degree course on how to sue people if you think they’ve stolen your design ideas? Well, there’s a bit of that, sure. However, there’s also a lot more involved in a fashion law degree than that. Let’s take a look at what your fashion law degree may involve, depending on where you study and which modules are offered on your course.
Fashion Law – the Four Pillars
Before we begin, it’s important to mention communication skills. The legal arena demands solid communication skills because you need to be able to make a concise point and inform all involved of your intentions (with no wiggle room for ambiguity). This also means that you have to be able to take on board new information and make fast sense of what you’re being told. People with poor communication skills generally do not do not progress in law. You may also wish to consider whether you have a creative streak that will allow you to connect with the subject of fashion (if you don’t know or care about the difference between an ascot and a cravat, you may wish to move on from fashion law). Now let’s look at the four pillars of studying fashion law.
• Intellectual property – who really owns an idea or a design?
• International trade regulations – including related issues such as privacy
• Finances & Business – employment law, real estate, and investment considerations
• Consumer culture/rights – understanding the motivations of consumers and their rights
Expanding Your Circle
You’ll also likely gain access to networking opportunities through meeting and conversing with peers and tutors at industry events. This gives you the chance to meet with people that you either may be working with down the line, or meet with potential employers. Creating a personable first impression at these events can mean that you stand out in a crowd when it comes to selecting graduates for team positions on fashion law teams. This also means that you may wish to consider how to present yourself in terms of what to wear.