HNBA and Microsoft Corporation Intellectual Property Law Institute

Information for Students

Click here for the online application form.

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)/Microsoft IP Law Institute (“IP Law Institute”) is an HNBA program sponsored by Microsoft that is designed to raise interest and opportunities among Hispanic law students for careers in intellectual property law. Participants will receive substantive instruction, visit and observe U.S. intellectual property law institutions, and network with leading members of the IP legal community who can serve as mentors and potentially provide pathways for future job opportunities. The IP Law Institute is an immersion program. Selected candidates will spend a week in Washington, DC (June 1-7, 2014) where all IP Law Institute activities will take place. The IP Law Institute will include study of issues in an ongoing patent litigation case followed by attending live oral arguments on the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Attendees will receive a behind the scenes tour of the court facilities. The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna will host the group at the court and will speak to the students about IP law and the court’s role in its development. The week will be an exciting mixture of substantive programs, IP law briefings from governmental authorities, and networking and mentoring opportunities with members of the IP bar. The cost of travel, lodging, meals, and materials will be covered by the IP Law Institute.

Candidates must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school, pursuing a Juris Doctor, and have a demonstrated interest in intellectual property law as a potential practice area. 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.