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Interns Now Being Accepted

What is the Grant?
Grants up to $3,000 are available for a limited number of law students to serve as interns for at least six weeks in the Houston offices of a U.S. District Court Judge or a U.S. Magistrate Judge at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, or at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Who is Eligible?
Full-time students at the University of Houston Law Center, the Thurgood Marshall School of Law or the South Texas College of Law, who:

  • Are not receiving law school credit for their internship. (Exception: For interns at the Federal Circuit or USPTO, the student can receive credit if the grant is in the form of reimbursement for expenses in accordance with ABA rules.)
  • Intend to practice intellectual property law;
  • Are U.S. citizens;
  • Have completed at least 30 hours of course work at the time the internship begins; and
  • Have, at the time of application, a grade point average that ranks in the top half of the applicant's law school class.

How to Apply?
Send a resume, a letter describing your interest in intellectual property law, a letter from the court or USPTO stating that the recipient has been accepted for an internship and a description of any special circumstances you would like considered to:

Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
c/o Iona Kaiser
McDermott Will & Emery
1000 Louisiana St. Suite 3900
Houston, TX 77002

When to Apply?
Applications can be made at any time after a student has obtained an internship and before it is completed.

Additional Notes:
The receipt of this Grant is dependent upon the completion of the terms and conditions of the internship. The recipient will also be required to write a short letter to HIPLA at the end of the internship reviewing the internship experience.