University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

IP Scholarships, Awards & Fellowships

UNH Law continually monitors external sources of financial assistance for its IP student body.  There are many sources including scholarships, awards, fellowships, and competitions.

An advantage of UNH Law is the willingness of the IP faculty to work with students who need assistance evaluating and seizing opportunities. IP students need to do their part and monitor these sources and meet all of the requirements and deadlines, but they can rest assured that they will be building on the school's long history of successful applicants.

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.

American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation – Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship

Sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation, the Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship addresses the need to increase the number of minority intellectual property attorneys and to bring these attorneys to the attention of firms and corporations as candidates for employment. The $10,000 Law Scholarships will be awarded to minority students developing a career in intellectual property law. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is assisting the Foundation by administering the application and selection process.

American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation – Jan Jacin Competition

Sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation, the Jan Jacin Competition includes two separate awards offered to law students nominated by their schools who have excelled in the study of intellectual property law. The first award is the Jan Jacin Award, which includes a cash award of $5000. The second award has been established by the Past Presidents of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and awards up to a maximum of a $2500 cash reward.

Arent Fox Annual Diversity Scholarship Program

Arent Fox, with a major IP Practice Group, is seeking applicants for its Diversity Scholarship Program. The firm will award three first-year law students $15,000. The scholarship recipients will also join Arent Fox’s summer associate program. Each of the firm’s three offices – Washington, New York, Los Angeles – will host one of the recipients for the summer. The scholarship is part of a larger effort to increase Arent Fox's diversity and attract top lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship

Dorsey is offering its seventh annual Diversity Fellowship in 2012. Each fellowship recipient, in their Denver, Minneapolis, and Seattle offices, will work as a summer associate in 2012, and at the end of the summer will receive $10,000 to be applied toward law school tuition and expenses during their second year of law school.

Federal Circuit Bar Association

  • Howard T. Markey Memorial Scholarship
  • Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Scholarship
  • William S. Bullinger Scholarships

Open to all law students; selection decisions made primarily on the basis of applicant’s written statement of financial need, written statement of interest in intellectual property law and other relevant qualifications for the award.

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship

Finnegan, with a major IP Practice Group, established in 2003, awards $15,000 per year for tuition and law school fees, as well as an offer to join the firm’s summer associate program.  So far, this program has helped us attract four outstanding new associates.

Fish & Richardson, P.C. – 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Launched in 2005, Fish & Richardson's 1L Diversity Fellowship Program provides fellowships to five diverse first-year law students throughout the country annually. Each selected student receives a $5000 academic scholarship, mentoring by members of the firm, and a paid summer associate position in the Fish & Richardson office of the student's choice.

Intellectual Property Organization Education Foundation – Donald W. Banner Corporate Intern Scholarship

Two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding law students who have completed an internship in a corporate intellectual property law department and intend to pursue a career in intellectual property law. The mission of the scholarship program is to assist law students pursuing intellectual property law careers with their educational expenses and to encourage law students to seek internships with corporate intellectual property law departments.

International Trademark Association – Ladas Memorial Award

The Ladas Memorial Award, supported by the law firm of Ladas & Parry LLP and the INTA Foundation, was established in memory of the outstanding contributions to international intellectual property law made by the distinguished practitioner and author Stephen P. Ladas. The purpose of the Ladas Memorial Award is to provide an incentive to further develop interest in the field of trademarks and to enhance the general understanding of this discipline. The Competition is open to all U.S. and international students, practitioners and academics interested in trademarks and trademark law. Carries a $2000 cash award.

Edward F. Langs Award

Edward F. Langs Awards will be given to up to three student essays, which in the opinion of the judges make the most significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the Information Technology law. A total of $1500 shall be divided among the award winning essays. Essay must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and emailed to

Locke, Liddell & Sapp Intellectual Property & Technology Scholarship

This is an award that students win through a rigorous application process. Students who receive the Locke, Liddell & Sapp Intellectual Property & Technology Scholarship do so for academic achievement and heavy involvement in their school or community. As a tribute to the Locke, Liddell & Sapp Intellectual Property & Technology Scholarship, students are a representative of the full meaning of a noteworthy student.

Minnesota Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (MIPLA) Scholarship for Intellectual Property

The MIPLA Scholarship was established to assist returning students committed to careers in intellectual property law, who demonstrate strong academic performance, and who have completed an intellectual property course. The scholarship pays a portion of the recipients' tuition. MIPLA is a nonprofit organization formed to promote the development of intellectual property law and enhance the professionalism of its members. Its membership is made up of attorneys practicing in patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law, and law students.

NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships

The NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships established by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. Since 1995, the first year in which Foundation Scholarships were granted, 53 students have received scholarships totalling over $90,000.

Jeremy D. Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship

In furtherance of the goal of increasing the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in the field of patent law, this scholarship awards $1000 to a well-qualified LGBT candidate interested in pursuing a career in patent law.

McAndrews, Held & Malloy Patent Law Fellowship

Each year, McAndrews offers a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who has a diverse background, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and is committed to pursuing a career in patent law in Chicago.

McDermott Minority Scholarship

To further efforts to recruit and retain more racial and ethnic minority lawyers, McDermott, with a major IP Practice Group, is pleased to announce the McDermott Minority Scholarship.  McDermott awards a $15,000 scholarship to two second-year minority law students from ABA-accredited law schools who have received and accepted a position in a McDermott Summer Program.  Students who meet McDermott’s hiring criteria and demonstrate leadership, community involvement, and a commitment to improving diversity in the legal community should consider applying.

Perkins Coie, L.L.P. – Patent Fellowship Program

Perkins Coie, LLP, offers a Patent Fellowship Program for second-year law students who have a technical background and an interest in a patent procurement practice. The program provides a $10000 academic scholarship in addition to a paid summer associate position during the summer immediately following the completion of the student's second year of law school.

Patent and Trademark Office Society – Rossman Award

Established in 1972 by the Patent and Trademark Office Society and the friends of Dr. Joseph Rossman, the Rossman Award is given annually to the author of the article in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Society that, in the opinion of the judges, makes the greatest contribution to the field of patents, trademarks, or copyrights. All of the articles published in the Journal between July of one year and June of the next year will be considered. The winner receives a plaque and a check for $1500 in a special meeting of the Patent and Trademark Office Society.

Stoel Rives' Diversity Fellowships

The firm, with a major IP Practice Group, has offered 17 First-Year Diversity Fellowships over the last six years. The Fellowship provides law students with full-time summer associate positions in the firm and stipends to offset their educational expenses. Fellows have been invited back for a second summer. All former Fellows have received employment offers after spending two summers with the firm.

Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth Scholarship for Intellectual Property

This scholarship was established to assist students who are committed to careers in intellectual property. Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth represents Fortune 500 companies and major universities, focusing in intellectual property law. Since 1993, the firm has obtained more than 1,000 patents.

Townsend Diversity Careers in Patent Law Scholarships

This major IP law firm offers diversity scholarships.

University of Houston Law Center – Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law Sponsored Scholarship Grant for Judicial Clerks

The IPIL Sponsored Scholarship Grants (SSG) Program at the University of Houston Law Center is designed to facilitate newly-authored scholarship on Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) by Federal Appellate Court clerks. As one of the nation's leading programs for the study of intellectual property and information law, the IPIL Institute at the University of Houston Law Center is pleased to provide this initiative to support the creation and dissemination of quality scholarship in its field. The IPIL SSG program provides grants for IPIL related scholarship from scholars serving or soon serving in the Federal Appellate Courts as judicial clerks under a two-year or less appointment. Carries an award of $3,000.

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