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Competitions & Scholarships

2018 AIPLA Student Competitions

In line with their commitment to education and advancing the IP law profession, the American Intellectual Property Law Association ("AIPLA") is pleased to extend several annual award opportunities to regular and student members, as well as high school students with an interest in science and technology. Visit AIPLA's Programs & Awards page for more information.

McAndrews Diversity Scholarship

Each year, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. offers a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who, in the firm’s view, is committed to meaningfully contributing to diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and intends to pursue a career in patent law in Chicago.

Applications for the 2017 fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2017, through January 15, 2018. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource.

Visit the McAndrews Diversity Fellowship page for more details about this opportunity, as well as the application.

Students may apply online beginning December 1.

PLI Law Student Scholarship Application

The Practising Law Institute (PLI) awards scholarships covering the full or partial tuition cost for attending its seminars. Law students generally receive full scholarships to most programs, except for a $25 application fee. Faculty usually receive 70% scholarships to most programs. Scholarships are also available to legal aid and government attorneys, judges, judicial clerks, and employees of nonprofit organizations.

The completed scholarship application generally must be received by PLI no later thatn four (4) weeks prior to the start of the seminar. Scholarships will not be granted retroactively or at the time of the program.

To apply for this scholarship, download the application form.

For more information of PLI's Patent Bar Review, please visit

More to come in Fall 2017...