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The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each year that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment.

The Patent Law Interview Program that was originally scheduled for July 23-24, 2020 will now be held as a fully virtual program on Thursday & Friday, January 14-15, 2021.

*Please note that although this year's program will technically take place in early 2021, we will still be referring to it as the 2020 Patent Law Interview Program on this site and it our communications.

Participating Employers | Registered Law Schools

Each year over 1,000 law students register for the program, submit their application materials, 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. Roughly half of the students registered for the program are selected for interviews each year.

If your firm is interested in receiving information about the Patent Law Interview Program, please email us at Law-PatentProgram@luc.edu and asked to be added to our mailing list.

Law School Information

Law School Registration
If your law school registered in January for the now postponed Patent Law Interview Program, you do not need to take any further action. If your school did not register in January but you have students who are interested in participating, please email Law-PatentProgram@luc.edu to get signed up.

Student Registration & Fees
Students who registered in February/March for the 2020 Patent Law Interview Program are still registered and do not need to take any action in order to participate in the postponed program that will take place on January 14-15, 2021.

We will offer an additional student registration period for students who may have missed registration in February/March. The new student registration period will begin on Wednesday, August 5 and end on Thursday, August 27 at 11:59 pm CST. 

The student registration fee for the Patent Law Interview Program is $40 per student. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid via credit card at the time of registration.

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

Important Dates & Deadlines for Law Schools & Law Students

New Student Registration Begins

August 5

New Student Registration Deadline

August 27 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

New Students Receive Access to PIPER

August 31

Student Bidding Begins

September 1

Student Bidding Deadline

October 2 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Employer Selections Available to Students

November 19

Student Accept/Decline Period

November 19 - December 3

Schedules Available to Students

December 10

Student Cancellation Period

December 10 - January 10

Virtual Patent Law Interview Program

January 14 & 15, 2021

Law Student Information

Student Registration
Students who registered in February/March for the 2020 Patent Law Interview Program are still registered and do not need to take any action in order to participate in the postponed program that will take place on January 14-15, 2021.

We will offer an additional student registration period for students who may have missed registration in February/March. The new student registration period begins on Wednesday, August 5 and will end on Thursday, August 27 at 11:59 pm CST.

The student registration fee for the Patent Law Interview Program is $40 per student. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid via credit card at the time of registration. Some schools cover the registration fee for their students, so be sure to check in with your career services office before registering.

Student Eligibility
Only law students are eligible to participate in the Patent Law Interview Program. Law graduates and practicing attorneys are not eligible to participate.
It is not required that students be patent bar eligible to register for the program; however, many employers require patent bar eligibility as a qualification for applying for interviews, and most employers strongly prefer patent bar eligible students. For more information on eligibility for the patent bar, please refer to the General Requirements Bulletin from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

We are currently accepting registrations from:

  • JD students graduating in May/June 2021 (3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in May/June 2022 (2Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2020/January 2021 (3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2021/January 2022 (2Ls)

How the Program Works

  1. Student Registration: Students register for the program via the online registration form and pay the registration fee.
  2. Accessing PIPER: Registered students are given an account for PIPER, the online system used to administer the Patent Law Interview Program.
  3. Student Application Period: Students upload application materials, review participating employers and hiring criteria, and apply to employers.
  4. Employer Selection Period: Employers review the materials submitted to them and select the students they wish to interview and alternate students to be scheduled in the event of cancellations.
  5. Student Decision Period: Students access PIPER to see which employers, if any, have invited them to interview at the program or added them to an alternate list. During this time period, students are able to accept or decline each interview invitation and alternate status via PIPER.
  6. Interview Schedules Created: PIPER generates interview schedules, which will be available on December 10.
  7. Student Cancellation Period: Students who wish to cancel one or more of their scheduled interviews may do so from December 10 until January 10. During that time, PIPER will schedule students chosen by the employers as alternates into any interview slots opened up as the result of cancellation.
  8. Patent Law Interview Program: Students who have been selected for interviews attend the virtual Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, January 14-15, 2021.

Contact Information
Please contact the Patent Program Liaison at your law school with any questions.

Important Dates & Deadlines for Law Students

New Student Registration Begins

August 5

New Student Registration Deadline

August 27 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

New Students Receive Access to PIPER

August 31

Student Bidding Begins

September 1

Student Bidding Deadline

October 2 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Employer Selections Available to Students

November 19

Student Decision Period

November 19 - December 3

Interview Schedules Available to Students

December 10

Student Cancellation Period

December 10 – January 10

Virtual Patent Law Interview Program

January 14 & 15, 2021

Employer Information

Employer Registration: Information for Previously Registered Employers

Firms that registered in February/March for the 2020 Patent Law Interview Program are still registered and do not need to take any action in order to participate in the virtual program that will take place on January 14-15, 2021.

  • Interview rooms and hospitality suites originally scheduled for Thursday, July 23 will be moved to Thursday, January 14
  • Interview rooms and hospitality suites originally scheduled for Friday, July 24 will be moved to Friday, January 15

Currently registered employers can access their registration via PIPER to make any necessary changes beginning on August 5 and ending on August 27.

Employer Registration: Information for Unregistered Employers

Employers that missed registration in February/March can register via PIPER beginning on Wednesday, August 5 and ending on Thursday, August 27 at 11:59 pm CST. 

If you have questions about your registration, please contact us at Law-PatentProgram@luc.edu

How the Program Works

  1. Employers register on PIPER: 
    Employers complete the online registration form. When registering, employers will sign up for one or more interview schedules on Thursday and/or Friday and will also have the option to sign up for a Hospitality Suite. Additionally, employers will designate which offices they are interviewing for, which technical backgrounds they are interested in, and what their hiring criteria are.
  2. Students submit their application materials:
    Participating law students see this information and have the opportunity to apply for interviews with participating firms by submitting their materials to up to 50 potential employers.
  3. Employers select students to interview at the program:
    On October 8, employers will be able to see the application materials of all students who have applied to them. Our program is an entirely employer selected program – which means that employers choose all of the students they wish to interview based on student materials. After reviewing the materials, employers select 16 students per interview schedule and up to 16 alternates per interview schedule. Alternates are students to be added to the interview schedule in the event of any student cancellations. Employer selections must be submitted in PIPER by 11:59 pm CST on November 12.
  4. Students accept or decline their interviews and alternate list spots:
    From November 19 - December 3, students will view their interview and alternate invitations in PIPER and will have the option to accept or decline each invitation. Students will be allowed to accept a maximum of 30 interviews. When an interview slot is declined by a student, that slot will be offered to a candidate on the firm's alternate list.
  5. Interview schedules are created:
    Based on the students' decisions, interview schedules will be created and will be available on PIPER on December 10.
  6. Employers attend the Virtual Patent Law Interview Program
    The interview program takes place on Thursday and Friday, January 14-15, 2021. Interviews run from 10:15 a.m. CST to 5:40 p.m. CST Each interview is 20 minutes long with 5 minute breaks between interviews. There is a lunch break each day from 1:05 – 2:00 p.m. CST.

Employer Fees

  • Virtual Program Registration Fee: $350
  • Virtual Interview Schedule Fee: $400
    Each interview schedule can accommodate up to 16 candidates, and schedules can be organized based on geographic location, technical background or practice area.
  • Virtual Hospitality Suite Fee: $400
    Learn more about virtual hospitality suites here. Employers hosting virtual hospitality suites will be able to determine the length of their time slots as well as the number of students able to sign up for each time slot.

Resume Collect

Employers who wish to receive resumes from interested students but do not wish to conduct virtual interviews as a part of the Patent Law Interview Program can sign up for a resume collect. In response to an employer’s stated needs and hiring criteria, students submit application materials and the employer receives a PDF application packet. To request a resume collect, please register for PIPER and follow the prompts to post a job on our system.

Contact Information
The Patent Law Interview Program staff can be reached at Law-PatentProgram@luc.edu.

 

Important Dates & Deadlines for Employers

New Employer Registration Begins

August 5

New Employer Registration Deadline
(Also the deadline for currently registered employers
to make any necessary changes to their registrations)         

August 27

Student Application Period Opens

September 1

Student Application Deadline

October 2

Employers Receive Access to Student Materials

October 8

Invoices Sent to Employers

November 3

Employer Selections Due

November 12

Student Decision Period

November 19 - December 3

Schedules Released to Students & Employers

December 10

Student Cancellation Period

December 10 - January 10

Employer Payments Due

December 15

Virtual Patent Law Interview Program

July 14 & 15, 2021

Location

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson St.
Suite 1301
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact Us

Email: law-career@luc.edu

Office Hours

Mondays - Fridays:
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Appointments outside of regular hours may be scheduled upon request.