Law Students

Jumpstart your career before you graduate. Student members of ABA-IPL have unparalleled access to networking and professional development opportunities in the field of intellectual property law.

Get Involved in the Section Immediately!

Join the Law Student Action Group (LSAG):

  • The Law Student Action Group (LSAG) is a dynamic committee of law students, led by young lawyers and law students
  • LSAG enables you to have first word and immediate broadcast of many Section opportunities -- including involvement in committees, publications, and programming
  • Those who belong to LSAG will also develop their own programs and work together to address areas of particular concern to law students
  • Join monthly conference calls as a way to learn of opportunities and become involved in IP Section activities.
  • LSAG's website includes links to our group on LinkedIn, Facebook and a link to our feed on Twitter @ABAIPL_LSAG.

Opportunities in the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

  1. Meet the experts in your field
    Meet Experts In Your Field of Interest - The Foundation of Your Career...
  2. Get access to private attorneys, general counsel and judges
    Cutting Edge Issues From the Source - Great for Interviews...
  3. Learn by working with professionals
    Valuable Practical Tips - Impress Your Boss this Summer...
  4. Plan your next move with valuable career advice from Young Lawyers
    Advice From Those Who Were Just in Your Shoes: Guidance from ABA-IPL Young Lawyers

Careers in IP Law: Avenues and Opportunities

Get real information on your future career in IP law. Members of the Section of Intellectual Property Law will receive a free digital copy of Careers in IP Law the new book from ABA-IPL available at Don't miss out on this benefit, join today and download your free copy.

"Every law student contemplating a career as an IP attorney needs to read-and reread-this book. It overflows with enormously valuable information and tips about preparing for IP practice, finding jobs in IP law, and succeeding in the profession."
- Jay Erstling, Professor, William Mitchell College of Law
download your free copy

Contact Your Student Liason

Message from the current ABA Law Student Division Liaison
Randall Safier

Fellow Law Students:

I look forward to serving as your liaison to the Section of Intellectual Property Law. My role is to keep the ABA-IPL Section informed of Student Division concerns and goals, and do the same on behalf of the Section back to the Student Division. I am a part-time non-traditional student at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School attending classes year-round, principally at the Auburn Hills (MI) campus. I retired from the Army Reserve a few years ago and still work full-time as an engineer. I am a 2L by credit count and should roll over to 3L after the current fall term.

I have the great benefit of following in the footsteps of several excellent predecessors in this position. They each had the support of Section leadership in steadily improving the benefit of ABA-IPL student membership. I have met with Ted Davis, the current Section Chair, and know that previous leadership support for students will continue this coming year. I intend to leverage all my prior experience to build upon the existing foundation of Section relevance and value to those student members that choose to take advantage of it.

Ultimately any value from a student membership will require some investment of your time. This is the professional organization of and for lawyers, those already practicing in the career we strive to enter. If you want to eventually practice intellectual property law, this is the section to join as one of the five available with your free ABA student membership. Then, if at all possible, find the time to participate in some small way despite your normally packed schedule.

This Section has a very active Law Student Action Group comprised of your peers from around the country. The LSAG provides those interested with an opportunity to participate directly in Section business with practicing attorneys. Attending an ABA-IPL Section conference or meeting will expose you to leaders in your chosen career. There is also a group on Facebook and a page on LinkedIn that you can join to keep you current on Section activities. And, you can contact me with any ideas or questions. I hope to hear you on the phone, see you on a web conference, or perhaps meet you in person at a Section activity.


Randall Safier
2016-17 ABA Law Student Division Liaison to
the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

Law Student Opportunities:

Meet Experts In Your Field of Interest - The Foundation of Your Career...

Students who attend Section conferences and participate on Section committees gain valuable experience working with some of the top professionals in intellectual property law. Section participation provides the foundation for building professional relationships outside of your school or your place of work. Members can provide an outside perspective on questions about what to do with your career, where you should focus your studies or what you should know about clients with specific needs.

Cutting Edge Issues From the Source - Great for Interviews...

What interests you about intellectual property law? Maybe you have heard this question in an interview. Your answer is not just an opportunity to say "Prosecution" or "Litigation," it is a chance to show that you understand the current issues in intellectual property law and that you care enough about this area of the law to know more than what is taught in the classroom. Participating in the Section and attending conferences gives students access to the private attorneys, general counsel and judges who are actively working on the cases you hear about in the news.

Valuable Practical Tips - Impress Your Boss this Summer...

OK, so you got a great summer clerkship by demonstrating that you can write, do research and speak well in interviews. So how do you set yourself apart? Wouldn't you like to be able to show that you have a practical understanding of the law? By working with experienced professionals on a Section committee, students can gain an understanding of the issues that drive changes in the practice.

Advice From Those Who Were Just in Your Shoes: Guidance from ABA-IPL Young Lawyers

In this day and age, it's becoming increasingly critical to make the correct career moves as early and as strategically as possible. However, figuring out exactly what to do and when can prove somewhat tricky. Fortunately for you, some of the Section's young lawyer members are offering up their wisdom on issues they have recently dealt with and that you will soon experience-helping you tap into essential IP career tips as soon as you need them.

Internship and Scholarships

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Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

JIOP participants work closely with judges and their clerks to research pending cases, draft memoranda, and observe courtroom proceedings for six weeks or more during their summer vacation. The internship provides participants with the opportunity to build close relationships with judges and gain a unique, first-hand look at the judicial system.

Participating judges are from:

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Miami, FL
  • Illinois
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Texas
  • Seattle, WA

Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Texas and Washington, DC. Students can indicate their interest on their application. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Detailed program information, frequently asked questions and a copy of the application are available at:

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American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation's Sydney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship

Intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights) will have a tremendous impact on the future of our country and the world. It is critical that the legal profession serving this strategic area strive mightily to reflect the rich diversity of our great nation. To address this need, the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation helps increase diversity in the IP bar.

The first initiative of the Foundation has been the establishment of the Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarships. The goal of these scholarships is to increase the number of under-represented minority groups serving as intellectual property law practitioners in law firms and the intellectual property law departments in corporations. The scholarships are named in honor of Sidney B. Williams, Jr. who was the first African-American to hold major leadership roles in both the AIPLA and ABA-IPL and who has and continues to give countless hours and boundless energies to influence minority students looking for a future in science and engineering to pursue law school and intellectual property law. He is a role model for all young lawyers. To learn more about this scholarship please visit

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BNA Student Award

Each year the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law and BNA invite law schools around the country to participate in the annual ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law. The intent of the project is to honor superior academic performance and to encourage student interest in the field of intellectual property law. Law schools may select up to three (3) second or third-year students with the highest grade point average or similar criteria in a basic intellectual property law course. For additional award information, visit BNA's Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law webpage.