The Chicago based firm of McAndrews, Held & Malloy recently announced the “McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship.” The law firm will award a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship position to a qualified first-year law student of a diverse background who is committed to pursuing a career in patent law. The $5,000 fellowship for law school tuition and expenses will be awarded on or about Sept. 1, 2008, upon completion of the 10- to 12-week summer clerkship at the Chicago-based firm. The Diversity Fellow also will have the opportunity to receive an offer to return for a second summer. The fellowship was created to further the firm’s goal of promoting diversity in intellectual property law.
To be eligible for the fellowship, an applicant must be a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school, have a diverse background that, in the firm’s view, would help to improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law, possess a degree in science or engineering, and intend to practice patent law in Chicago. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 7, 2008. In-person interviews with finalists are being conducted on a rolling basis through Jan. 27, 2008. Any fellowship awarded will be announced on or about Jan. 27, 2008. Applications must include the following components:
- Resume, including description of science or engineering educational credentials;
- Undergraduate transcript (with GPA);
- Legal writing sample;
- At least one letter of recommendation; and
- A 500-word personal statement including information about why the candidate wishes to pursue a career in patent law, why he or she is interested in the McAndrews firm as a place to work, and how the candidate’s background and/or life experiences would improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law.
The fellowship position will be administered as part of McAndrews’ Summer Clerkship program. As a summer associate in the McAndrews office, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and be mentored by a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee while establishing relationships with other members of the firm.
To access the application and other fellowship information, visit the McAndrews’ Web site at www.mcandrews-ip.com/diversity_fellowship.