The “HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute” will provide opportunities for Latino students interested in intellectual property law, including patents, copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks. This summer, up to twenty-five Latino law students from law schools across the country will be chosen to participate in an IP immersion program in Washington, DC with all necessary expenses covered. Candidates will be selected in a highly competitive process, and the selected students will be provided substantive instruction, the opportunity to observe first-hand U.S. IP institutions at work, and the chance to meet leading members of the IP legal community who will serve as mentors and potentially provide pathways for future job opportunities.

  • Click here to see the agenda for IPLI 2015.
  • Meet the scholars and mentors from IPLI 2015.



Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • A rising 2L or rising 3L and have already completed 1st year of classes by May 31, 2015
  • 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

*Anyone who has graduated from law school prior to September 2015 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 learn more about the application requirements and submission guidelines, click here.