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Alvin Carter calls himself a “serial entrepreneur.” 

From starting a clothing line and a website development company to forming his own music production company to founding the Combat Sports Hall of Fame to helping grow the Harvard Hiphop Archive, Alvin can’t stop thinking up new ideas — and as a law student, he did a deep dive into protecting those ideas through intellectual property law. Through his co-ops, a concentration in IP and Innovation, and participation in the law school’s Community Business Clinic and IP CO-LAB, a clinic that serves entrepreneurs throughout the Northeastern ecosystem, Alvin acquired the legal skills to protect his clients’ creations.

“Before law school, I was an entrepreneur always in need of an attorney. Now, I am helping other entrepreneurs distill their ideas and reach their goals,” says Alvin, who accepted a post-graduate offer with the corporate and IP groups at Brown Rudnick in Boston. “Lawyers are also entrepreneurs. We have to innovate, market, sell our services and build our practices. When I am helping clients launch their businesses, it might not be my house, but I definitely enjoy being part of building the foundation.”

Co-op

State Street Corporation, Boston

Working with the legal procurement and IT groups, Alvin drafted contracts and reviewed licensing agreements. He also created corporation-wide IP training materials, policies and procedures, and researched terms of use for market data providers’ web domains in 14 European, South American and Asian countries.

Activities

  • Black Law Student Association
  • Multicultural Law Student Association (founder)
  • Student Bar Association (vice chair of social activities)
  • Law and Information Society (co-founder)
  • Intellectual Property Society
  • ABA’s Annual IP Law Conference (reporter and blogger)
  • ABA Judicial Clerkship Program 

Co-op

Sennott & Williams, Boston

At a boutique IP firm, Alvin assisted with legal research and memo drafting focused on publishing and dramatic rights, copyright and trademark law. He also joined client meetings, drafted and reviewed publishing and option/purchase (film) agreements as well as assisted in the copyright and trademark filing processes.

Clinics

  • Community Business
  • IP CO-LAB

Co-op

Brown Rudnick, Boston

Alvin was a summer associate at an Am Law 200 firm, where he researched trademark actions, conducted patent research and had a hand in winning a pro bono unemployment case.

Concentration

Intellectual Property and Innovation

The concentration in Intellectual Property and Innovation provided an opportunity for Alvin to dive into copyright, patent, trademark and other intellectual property (IP) laws and to prepare for a variety of practice areas for all sorts of clients, from new ventures to companies with global IP portfolios and inventors to government registries and regulators.

Co-op

Northeastern University Center for Entrepreneurship Education, Boston

Building on his participation in the law school’s IP CO-LAB, a clinic that assists student entrepreneurs across the university, Alvin devoted his final co-op to launching new businesses through Northeastern’s IDEA venture accelerator program. 

Research Assistant

Alvin assisted Professor Jessica Silbey with research related to photography and licenses granted to online stock photo companies.

Moot Court

Alvin served as co-captain for Northeastern’s team at the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in 2017-2018.

After Graduation

Associate, Brown Rudnick, Boston

Result

A big firm lawyer with an entrepreneur's eye for the details.