Law Students

Join ABA-IPL Today!

Activate your FREE ABA-IPL membership. 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.

Interested in becoming a law student reporter?

Applications for the Law Student Reporter program are now closed . Please check back at a later date for more information on when the application process will open again.

The program is a rewarding experience in which law students interact with and learn from IP practitioners from around the world at the ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., April 1-3, 2020. Students selected for the program will have complimentary registration to the conference. In return for this experience, law student reporters report on the educational programs and conference events by creating a social media presence at the conference, live-tweeting, posting to Facebook, etc., and publishing pre-conference and post-conference blog posts. The program has grown each year and we look forward to a new group of reporters this spring.  If you have any questions, please send them to lawstudentreports@gmail.com.

Law Student Action Group (LSAG) 

Get involved immediately – join 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.

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) Applications Now Closed  

The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) applications are now closed. The program is a full-time (normally 35-40 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program available to all first-or second-year diverse law students. 

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program 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, women, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

For 2019, 530 students applied to the program. We placed 158 students with 120 judges. Students placed represent 61 different law schools. The JIOP IP program continues to grow with 30 judges requesting students with background or interest in intellectual property law. 71 of the 530 applicants showed interest with 49 of those students attaching additional background and statements supporting their experience. We placed a total of 25 IP students.

Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, we offer internships in the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); and Seattle, WA.

Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications but may not request 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, New York, 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. 

For detailed program information, frequently asked questions visit  www.ambar.org/jiop.

Questions about the program can be directed to the Program Director, Gail Howard, at gail.howard@americanbar.org or 312-988-6348.

Interested in volunteering with JIOP?

This is a tremendous opportunity for Section members to meet with students to conduct an interview for JIOP. During these interviews you will be able to provide feedback, and give a glimpse of what we do at the ABA. Sign up to volunteer. 

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

The Foundation’s scholarships are named in honor of Sidney B. Williams Jr., the first African American to hold major leadership roles in both the AIPLA and the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) and who has given, and continues to give, countless hours and boundless energy to influence and assist minority students looking for a future in science and engineering to pursue law school and intellectual property law. Applying stringent selection criteria, the Foundation provides financial support to students who are well accomplished, with stellar credentials and attributes that the Foundation believes will lead to their success in the IP law field.

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