ABA-IPL

Law Students

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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.

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 

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) Applications  open on November 4, 2020 and close on January 10, 2021. More information can be found here.

The mission of JIOP is to provide judicial internships to first- and second-year law students who are members of racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, women, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify as LGBT. 

For 2020, 730 students applied to the program.  We placed 135 students with 107 judges.  Students placed represented 63 different law schools.  The JIOP IP program continues to grow with 10  judges requesting students with background or interest in intellectual property law.  90 of the 730 applicants showed interest with 63 of those students attaching additional background and statements supporting their experience.  We placed a total of 18 IP students.

Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, we offer internships in the following metropolitan areas: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, D.C.; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Seattle, WA. 

Students may indicate geographic preferences on their applications but may not request specific judges or courts. Interns are required to work full-time (32 hours/week) for a minimum of six weeks and will receive an award of $2,000. 

Internships for students with a focus on intellectual property law will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas and Washington, D.C. These specialized spots are limited, and any student applying 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 becoming a law student reporter?

About the Program

The ABA-IPL Law Student Action Group selected law students with an interest in intellectual property law to serve as Law Student Reporters (LSRs) for the 2020 Trademark Day & IP Fall Institute. Students selected for the program  received a complimentary registration to one of these virtual conferences. Applications will open for the ABA-IPL Annual Meeting soon. 

Program Responsibilities

In return for this experience, law student reporters promote the educational programs and conference events by creating a social media presence at the virtual conference, live-tweeting, posting to Facebook, etc., and publishing pre-conference and post-conference blog posts.

Application and Deadline

Applications are now closed . For questions and more information about the program, email: lawstudentreporters@gmail.com.

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. 

Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law'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 Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law 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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