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ABA / BNA Awards of Excellence

The American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law and The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., based on the selection of up to three second or third-year students with high grade point averages or similar criteria in a basic intellectual property law course by participating law schools, will award certificates for the annual ABA/BNA Award of Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property.

Intellectual Property and Information Law (IPIL) -- Sponsored Scholarship Grants (SSG) Program

The IPIL Sponsored Scholarship Grants (SSG) Program at the University of Houston Law Center is designed to facilitate newly-authored scholarship on Intellectual Property and Information Law (IPIL) by Federal Appellate Court clerks.

The IPIL SSG program for Judicial Clerks provides grants for IPIL-related scholarship from scholars serving or soon serving the Federal Appellate Courts as judicial clerks. This new program is made possible through the generous support of the Institute's contributors and supporters to enable the creation and dissemination of quality scholarship in its field.

Grant amounts may change from year to year, and, typically, there will also be an opportunity to present the article at an IPIL event or program, either at the Law Center in Houston, or at some other location or venue, with the trip funded by the IPIL Institute.

Mark T. Banner Scholarship

November 2015

The Mark T. Banner Scholarship is a $5,000 award given by the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Mark T. Banner Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law
  • Commitment, qualities and actions towards ethics, civility and professionalism
  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school)
  • Written and oral communication skills determined in part through a telephone interview
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement
  • Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability)
  • An ability to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law is an essential requirement
  • Diversity is considered but is also only one element among many considered

Application deadline is generally November of each year. See application form (PDF) and website for more details.

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