2019 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2019 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, July 25-26 in Chicago, Illinois.  This nationwide interview program targets patent law employers and rising 2L and 3L patent bar eligible students.

Last year roughly 140 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,100 law students from across the country participated in the program.  The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit application materials to apply to interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review their materials and select the students they wish to interview at the program.  Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  Please note that the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website. Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Tuesday, February 5 and close on Thursday, February 28.

Students can register here. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).

There is a non-refundable $40 dollar registration fee that you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration.  Please have your credit card ready when you register.  The University of Miami School of Law will reimburse your registration fee.  After you register, please email Karen Warren in the CDO for further instructions on the reimbursement process.

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program.




Up to twenty-five Latino law students from law schools across the country are chosen to participate in the HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute, with airfare, lodging and meals covered. Candidates are selected to participate in this immersive summer program through a highly competitive process.

To apply to participate in IPLI 2019, please fill out the online application and upload the following documents:

  • Personal statement (maximum 1000 words)
  • Your most recent law school transcript
  • Your current resume

Applications Open on February 1, 2019.


  • Candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • A rising 2L or rising 3L and have already completed 1st year of classes by  ….
  • Have a demonstrated interest in intellectual property law as a potential practice area
  • Must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school pursuing a Juris Doctor

NOTE: Anyone who has graduated from law school or will graduate before September 2019 is NOT eligible. The selection committee will select up to 25 participants on the basis of a number of criteria, including: an evaluation of expressed personal interest; academic record; dedication and commitment toward accomplishing goals; professional and faculty recommendations; and technical/scientific-related educational and employment background (if applicable). No one factor is dispositive. Students with no technical or scientific background are encouraged to apply.

Even if you are working this summer, please consider discussing this opportunity with your employer. Click here for a letter from the IP Law Institute to submit to your employer explaining the benefits of your participation in the program.

To start the application, click here.

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 4th, 2019)

Thursday, February 7, 2019:

  • CDO Presents: OSCAR Training for Judicial Clerkships – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law Campus Room F-200: This meeting will provide an overview of how to use OSCAR – the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review – to review and apply for federal judicial clerkships. Students planning to apply for federal clerkships are encouraged to attend this meeting as many judges use OSCAR to post and accept applications.

2019 Central Florida Diversity and Inclusion Picnic

2019 Central Florida Diversity and Inclusion Picnic

The 2019 Central Florida Diversity and Inclusion Picnic will be held on March 16, 2019!

Location:      Barry University School of Law, 6441 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL. 32807.

Come network and meet with members of the judiciary, law firm representatives, leaders of voluntary bar associations, legal practitioners, law students and paralegals.

Free Admission!
Free Food!
Guest Speakers!

Register through the OCBA Store (FREE).


The 2019 Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship

Simplr is offering a $7,500 scholarship to a passionate and deserving student who submits a winning essay in our second Annual Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship Contest. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now being accepted. Apply today!

The tech sector is continuing to grow rapidly and artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain technology and Intellectual Property (IP) law are poised to offer some of the most exciting and challenging career opportunities for today’s students.

As a successful Silicon Valley startup involved in machine learning and AI, we would like to give back by offering our support and encouraging students in the US to be creative while also studying and earning degrees in these more difficult and technical fields. For our second annual scholarship we are offering a $7,500 award to a deserving student who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer Science (CS), Mathematics, Information Technology (IT) or is attending or will attend law school.

Apply Today!

Essay requirements:

In order to apply, please write a 1000-2000 word essay on one of the following topics. Make sure to include why you chose your field of study and how it applies to these future technologies.

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain technology – Select the field you’re most passionate about and explore a specific role you think this technology will play in our future, and how this will effect positive change. Describe the key technological aspects as well as the human element that will likely be involved.


  • Commercial AI-generated music and AI-created inventions, for example, are not far off but they will forever change traditional intellectual property concepts. Explore the challenges in attributing and incentivizing the creation of new knowledge when the lines between human/machine creation and open/proprietary data are blurred.

The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates willingness and ability to be a candidate for success in the tech industry. Please note relevant hobbies, projects or extracurricular activities as they will be considered.

Scoring Criteria:

Applicants will be scored by senior members of the Simplr team and scholarship sponsors (if applicable). Scoring will be based upon three categories:

  • Passion
  • Merit
  • Financial Need

How to Apply:

Please submit your essay and contact information on the application form.  Remember to upload both your essay and a copy of your unofficial transcripts.

Timeline and Deadline: We are currently accepting scholarship entries! The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2019.

Eligibility and Requirements:

To be eligible for our scholarship contest you must be currently enrolled full time at an accredited community college, college or university, or accredited law school, and will be enrolled in the Fall of 2019. International students and students studying under the DACA program are eligible. Students with full academic scholarships are not eligible to enter this contest.

Proof of Enrollment: Please provide a digital copy of your unofficial transcript as proof of enrollment. (You will need to submit by mail an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected as a finalist.)

Additionally, you must:

  • Verify you have read and understand the Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship requirements
  • Submit your entry (only one entry per student is permitted) by the December 31, 2019 deadline.

For additional information, please visit the website.


2019 Writing Prize Call for Submissions – Deadline: Thursday, 1/31! Students and ’18 Grads Enter ASAP

If/When/How, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice now invite submissions for the 14th annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights. More information on how to apply, the length and type of accepted submissions, and on the suggested theme for this year’s prize are available via the download button at left.

Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place), and a copy of the textbook Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice (Murray & Luker). The first-place winning submission will also be granted a “presumption of publishability” and receive expedited review by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.

The suggested theme for this year is “Democracy, Governance, and Reproductive Justice.” Drawing on case law and statutory interpretation, discuss the role of law in making reproductive justice a reality. Submissions might explore how voter disenfranchisement, administrative and judicial appointments, or other issues of civic engagement and governmental responsibility can be viewed through an intersectional, reproductive justice lens. All submissions on other reproductive rights and justice topics are welcomed.

View the website for additional details.

For reference, 2018 Sarah Weddington Prize winners are available here.

Scholarship Opportunity for Law Students Interested in Labor & Employment Law

Who is awarding this scholarship? The Labor and Employment Section of the Florida Bar.

Who can apply for this scholarship?

  • Current 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Enrolled in a Juris Doctor degree-seeking program at a Florida Law School (students visiting from an out-of-state school are not eligible)
  • With a demonstrated interest in Labor & Employment Law

What is being awarded?

  • $1000 to one student or $500 split between two equal candidates
  • The scholarship check is accompanied by a recognition plaque from the Section
  • Reasonable travel expenses can be reimbursed (up to $350) to attend the Section’s Award Ceremony & Hall of Fame Induction, held on June 26, 2019 in Boca Raton, during the Florida Bar’s Annual Convention (travel expenses can include one night of conference hotel expense)

What must I do to be considered for the scholarship?

  • Prepare a cover page that includes
    • Your contact information, school, and year (2L or 3L)
    • Completed & anticipated labor and employment related course work (identifying when courses were taken or will be taken)
    • Relevant professional experience (this can include job/intern placements for the summer of 2019)
    • Your involvement in school organizations (including Law Reviews and Journals) and any pro bono/volunteer activity

In lieu of the above you may submit a resume or CV, which is supplemented with your relevant course work.

  • A 250-500 word statement expressing your interest in Labor & Employment Law
  • Your name should be on each page of your submission
  • Your school name MUST be in the subject line of the email sent via email.

When is the application deadline? February 15, 2019

When will I be notified?

  • April 2019 – Candidates will be selected by the Law School Liaison Committee of the Labor & Employment Section of the Florida Bar and are subject to the approval of each candidate’s Law School

This Week at the CDO (Weeks of January 14th and 21st, 2019)

Welcome back from winter break!

Monday, January 14, 2019:

  • Classes Begin.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 & Wednesday, January 23, 2019:

  • CDO Presents: 1L Workshop + Symplicity Training – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-309: During the spring semester, 1L students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring Recruiting, which includes the Spring On Campus Interview Program (OCI) and Summer Externship Program. By participating in these programs, 1L students will have an opportunity to apply for legal internships for the upcoming summer. The 1L CDO Workshops will provide students will complete instructions on how to prepare for and participate in Spring Recruiting, including how to use Symplicity, the web-based program used to administer Spring Recruiting. Two sessions of this program will be held; both sessions are the same and 1L students need only to attend one.

Attention Miami Law Students! Join the ABA GPSolo, Small Firm and General Practice Division!

The ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo) is the national voice for solo, small firm and general practice lawyers, including military and government lawyers, providing them with a welcoming, diverse and inclusive ABA home. We offer each practitioner a portal to the full resources of our Division, ensuring platforms, programs and collaborations that support and advance them not only in their legal practices but also in their personal lives.

Miami Law students can join the ABA GPSolo, Small FIrm and General Practice Section for FREE!  GPSolo offers excellent networking opportunities and resources.

Join today by clicking here.


The Palm Beach County Bar Association is Seeking Student Volunteers for its Annual Bench Bar Convention at the Palm Beach County Convention Center

On February 22, 2019, the Palm Beach County Bar Association is once again hosting its annual Bench Bar Convention at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach where over 1,000 attorneys and judges will be in attendance.  This is the largest local gathering of attorneys and judges who meet to discuss legal issues pertinent to their respective areas of practice.

As with last year’s conference, they are looking for law student volunteers to provide assistance to the participants.  The students will be “information ambassadors”.  This is a great opportunity for students to meet local attorneys and judges.

There are two shifts: (7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) and (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.).  There will be a telephonic training beforehand so the students are fully prepared.  Students can attend the class sessions, student specific sessions and are welcome to attend the cocktail reception following the event.

Any interested student can contact Jean Middleton. Due to the large number of volunteers that have to be organized, please reach out to Ms. Middleton no later than Monday, February 5th.