Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Patent Law Interview Program

Intellectual Property Law Program

Each August, Loyola proudly hosts the Patent Law Interview Program-the largest single-practice job fair in the country.

The Patent Law Interview Program is a national interview program that brings together students with technical backgrounds and legal employers interested in hiring law clerks and entry-level attorneys for their patent or intellectual property law practices. More than 100 law schools and 200 legal employers from all over the country participate in this highly successful interviewing and networking event.

Every year, Loyola students are able to use this program as a gateway to summer and permanent positions in patent law at major firms across the country. Students have recently received offers from firms nationwide, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. The firms include boutiques that specialize in only intellectual property cases, such as Marshall Gerstein & Borun, McDonnell, Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, Frommer Lawrence & Haug, and, as well as larger general practice firms with an IP department, such as Foley & Lardner, Holland & Knight, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and Vedder Price.

Loyola students participate in this program for free (not true for students from other schools). The program is run by the Loyola Career Services Office; the Office does an excellent job of preparing students for the program in conjunction with Loyola faculty.  Prior to the interviews, they set up mock interviews for students with Loyola alumni.  Loyola students are also nurtured at the program itself; Loyola students comfortably prepare for their interviews in a reception area with their career counselors while enjoying lunch and snacks.  In addition, Professor Ho regularly attends the employer reception at the program to personally introduce Loyola students to Loyola alums and former colleagues in practice that are recruiting students.