James Hurt '16 (JD)

James Hurt on campus at USD

Like most things worth achieving, it’s not easy

"Be prepared for a transition in how to think about things. If you haven't learned time management skills, learn them now. Don't procrastinate."

Legal interests: Patent law, constitutional law, energy law.
Other degrees: Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, University of California at San Diego, 2002; BS in Electrical Engineering, University of California at San Diego, 1998.
Hometown: Vista, Calif.
Dream job: Chief IP strategist at a global technology company

  1. Q: Why did you choose USD School of Law?
    A: That's easy. I have lived in San Diego almost my entire life. I love living here and USD School of Law is the best law school in San Diego.
  2. Q: How hard is law school? Is it more or less effort than you imagined?
    A: Law school, like most things worth achieving, is not easy. But it's manageable and if you treat it like a job and have good time management skills, you can succeed without struggling too hard.
  3. Q: What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to law school?
    A: I was an engineer for 15 years prior to coming to law school full time. My interest in the humanities and technology led me to law school, as it provides an opportunity to meld the two in the practice of patent law.
  4. Q: What advice would you give to a prospective student? What would you do differently if you had the chance?
    A: Be prepared for a transition in how to think about things. If you haven't learned time management skills, learn them now. Don't procrastinate. Don't try and argue with your significant other with your new found legal argument tricks. Trust me, they won't appreciate it.
  5. Q: What activities do you participate in at USD School of Law?
    A: I am a member of the San Diego Law Review, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Intellectual Property Law Association, Environmental Law Society, and Phi Alpha Delta.  I also had the opportunity to be a legal/policy intern with the Energy Clinic offered through the Energy Policy Initiative Center.  Lastly, I competed in the 2015 Paul A. McLennon, Sr., Honors Moot Court Tournament.