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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.

Jan Jancin Competition

June 15, 2012

The American Intellectual Property Foundation's Jan Jancin Competition includes three different awards:

  • The Jan Jancin Award to an outstanding student studying intellectual property
  • The AIPLA Past Presidents Award which is also awarded to an outstanding student studying intellectual property.

The dean of the law school or an appropriate faculty member nominates the student who will compete for the Jan Jancin Competition awards.

The Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship

March 15, 2012

The American Intellectual Property Foundation awards The Sidney B. Williams Jr. Intellectual Property Law $10,000 Scholarships for Minority Scholars and arranges intellectual property internships and mentorships to assist under-represented minority law school students practice intellectual property.

The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship

March 1, 2012

The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship will provide financial support to qualified minority law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law. The scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition; usual fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees, and administrative fees); and a patent bar review course. The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a 2013 summer associate in one of our five domestic offices (Atlanta, Cambridge, Palo Alto, Reston or Washington). Students currently completing their first year full-time (or second year part-time) are invited to apply.

The award will be applied to education costs the following academic year, and may be renewed for one additional year if the scholar accepts an associate offer upon successful completion of the Finnegan summer associate program and maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in law school. Additional information about the scholarship and application form are posted at http: //

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