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Patent Law Interview Program: Employer Information

The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. The 2018 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, July 26 & Friday, July 27 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront at 511 N. Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago. All hotel reservations for the program are handled through Loyola.

Employer registration for the 2018 program has ended, and due to space limitations, we are unable to accept late registrations.
The Patent Law Interview Program offers a resume collect option for employers that were unable to register for this year's program.

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Each year roughly 1,500 law student register for the program, submit their resumes and transcripts, and apply for interviews with the nation-wide employers that interest them. The program is entirely employer selected - which means that participating employers review the materials submitted to them and choose the law students they are interested in interviewing at the program.


The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is an entirely employer selected program - which means that employers choose all of the students they wish to interview based on student materials. When registering, employers have the opportunity to designate which offices they are interviewing for, which technical backgrounds they are interested in, and what their hiring criteria are. Participating law students see this information and have the opportunity to apply for interviews with participating firms by submitting their resume to 32 potential employers.

On June 13, employers will be able to see the resumes of all the students who have applied to them. After reviewing the resumes, employers select 16 students per interview schedule, and up to 16 alternates per interview schedule. Alternates are students to be scheduled in the event that any of the original 16 students cancels an interview. Employer selections are due by July 2.

Once employers have selected the students they wish to interview, we schedule the students for interviews. When students receive their interview schedules on July 10, they have the option of canceling any interviews they do not wish to attend. When student cancellations are finished, we schedule students selected as alternates into any empty slots created by cancellations. Once this process is complete, final interview schedules will be available to employers on July 16.

The interview program takes place on Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27. All of the interview rooms at the program are suites. The fee for each interview room includes sleeping accommodations for one interviewer the night before the interviews. On the interview day, the interviewer staying in the room can shut the door on their sleeping area and conduct the interviews in the living room area of the suite. Interviews run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. - each interview is 20 minutes long, with 5 minute breaks between interviews. There is a lunch break each day from 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Employers interested in meeting with more than just the students they select often choose to host a hospitality suite for all students interviewing at the program. The hospitality suite will be a corner king room adjacent to the employer's interview room(s). Employers typically bring one or more attorneys and a recruiting professional to staff the hospitality suite and interact with students in a more casual setting than an interview.


Employer registration for the 2018 Patent Law Interview Program will begin on March 1 and will end on April 27.


Registration Fee: $650 per employer

Interview Room: $800 per day
Each interview room includes sleeping accommodations the night before the interviews; breakfast and lunch on the day of the interviews; a 16-slot interview schedule running from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and the opportunity to arrange your interview schedule(s) by city, technical background, and/or practice area.

Hospitality Suite: $800 per day
Each hospitality suite includes sleeping accommodations the night before the hospitality suite; breakfast and lunch the day of the hospitality suite; a late check-out so that the hospitality suite can remain open until 5:00 p.m.; a sign for the hospitality suite, customizable with your logo; and publicity for your hospitality suite to all interviewing students.

Extra Sleeping Room: $400 per day
For interviewers wishing to stay the night after the interviews, or if you plan to bring more than one interviewer per interview room, extra sleeping rooms include overnight accommodations with breakfast and lunch on the day of the interviews and a 12:00 noon checkout.


Employers have the option of selecting whether you would like to interview 2L, 3L, and/or LLM students at the 2018 Patent Law Interview Program. This year, the program will be accepting registrations from:

  • JD students graduating in May/June 2019 (3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in May/June 2020 (2Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2018/January 2019 (3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2019/January 2020 (2Ls)
  • Students in Intellectual Property LLM programs with anticipated graduation dates in 2019 and 2020


Employers who are not able to attend the program but wish to receive resumes from interested students can request a resume collect. In response to an employer's stated needs and hiring criteria, students submit resumes electronically, and the employer receives an electronic packet of all resumes submitted. A resume collect costs $400. To request a resume collect, please fill out our resume collect form.


The Patent Law Interview Program staff can be reached at law-patentprogram@luc.edu.


Employer Registration Begins March 1
Employer Registration Deadline March 23
Student Application Period Opens May 29
Invoices Sent to Employers June 1
Student Application Deadline June 12
Employers Receive Access to Student Materials June 13
Employer Selections Due July 2
Preliminary Schedules Released to Students & Employers July 11
Student Cancellation Period July 11-12
Final Schedules Released July 16
Employer Payments Due July 16
2018 Patent Law Interview Program July 26 & July 27