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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 2023 Patent Law Interview Program will be held as a hybrid program. In person interviews will take place on Thursday & Friday, July 20-21 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront. Virtual interviews will take place on Monday, July 24 via Flo Recruit. JD students graduating in 2024 and 2025 are eligible for this program.

2022 Participating Employers2022 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
Law school registration for the 2023 Patent Law Interview Program will begin on January 17 and end of February 10. Registration will be publicized via email to each law school's career services office; the law school registration link will also be posted here. Law school registration for the Patent Law Interview Program is free.

Student Registration & Fees
Online student registration will begin on February 14 and end on March 27 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Please stress to your students the importance of registering by the deadline as we will not be able to accept any late student registrations. Every year we hear from disappointed students who miss the deadline. We ask for your help in publicizing this opportunity early and often!

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

Law School Registration Begins

January 17

Law School Registration Deadline

February 10

Student Registration Begins

February 14

Student Registration Deadline

March 27 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Students Receive Access to PIPER

March 31

Student Bidding Begins

April 3

Student Bidding Deadline

May 1

Employer Selections Available to Students

June 12

Student Accept/Decline Period

June 12 - June 19

Schedules Available to Students

June 26

Student Cancellation Period

June 26 - July 16

In-Person Patent Program Interviews

July 20 & 21

Virtual Patent Program Interviews

July 24

Law Student Information

Student Registration
Student registration for the 2023 Patent Law Interview Program will open on February 14 and will close on March 27. Please be mindful of the deadline as late registrations are not accepted.

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 2024 (Rising 3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in May/June 2025 (Rising 2Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2023/January 2024 (Rising 3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2024/January 2025 (Rising 2Ls)

Students who will graduate before the program is held in July 2023 and students who plan to graduate after May/June 2025 are not eligible for the 2023 Patent Law Interview Program.

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 June 26.
  7. Student Cancellation Period: Students who wish to cancel one or more of their scheduled interviews may do so from June 26 until July 16. 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: Selected students interview in person at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront on Thursday and Friday, July 20-21 and/or virtually via Flo Recruit on Monday, July 24.

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

Important Dates & Deadlines for Law Students

Student Registration Begins

February 14

Student Registration Deadline

March 27 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Students Receive Access to PIPER

March 31

Student Bidding Begins

April 3

Student Bidding Deadline

May 1 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Employer Selections Available to Students

June 12

Student Decision Period

June 12 - June 19

Interview Schedules Available to Students

June 26

Student Cancellation Period

June 26 – July 16

In-Person Patent Program Interviews

July 20 & 21

Virtual Patent Program Interviews

July 24

Employer Information

Employer Registration
Employer registration for the 2023 Patent Law Interview Program will begin on February 23 and will end on March 29. The registration link will be posted here on February 23.

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, Friday, and/or Monday 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. Employer registration will take place from February 23 - March 29, 2023.
  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 60 potential employers.
  3. Employers select students to interview at the program:
    On May 3, 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 June 6.
  4. Students accept or decline their interviews and alternate list spots:
    From June 12 - June 19, 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 40 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 June 26.
  6. Employers attend the 2023 Patent Law Interview Program
    In-person interviews will take place on Thursday and Friday, July 20-21, and virtual interviews will take place on Monday, July 24. In-person interview schedules 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 – 2:00 p.m.

Employer Fees

  • Program Registration Fee: $700
    The program registration fee is non-refundable.
  • In-Person Interview Room/Schedule Fee: $800
    In-person interview schedules include overnight accommodations for the night before the interviews as well as breakfast and lunch on the day of the interviews. Each interview schedule can accommodate up to 16 candidates, and schedules can be organized based on geographic location, technical background or practice area.
  • Additional Sleeping Room Fee: $400
    Employers planning to send multiple interviewers can reserve additional sleeping rooms for Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday night(s). Additional sleeping rooms include breakfast and lunch on the day(s) of the program.
  • In-person Hospitality Suite Fee: $800
    Employers interested in meeting with more than just the students they select for interviews often choose to host a hospitality suite for all students attending 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 or recruiting professionals to staff the hospitality suite and interact with students in a more casual setting than an interview. Hospitality Suites include overnight accommodations for the night before as well as breakfast and lunch on the day of the program.
  • Virtual Interview Schedule Fee: $400
    Each virtual interview schedule can accommodate up to 16 candidates, and schedules can be organized based on geographic location, technical background or practice area.

Resume Collect

Employers who are not able to attend the program but wish to receive resumes from interested students 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

Employer Registration Begins

February 23

Employer Registration Deadline     

March 29

Student Application Period Opens

April 3

Student Application Deadline

May 1

Employers Receive Access to Student Materials

May 3

Invoices Sent to Employers

May 15

Employer Selections Due

June 6

Student Decision Period

June 12 - June 19

Schedules Released to Students & Employers

June 26

Student Cancellation Period

June 26 - July 16

Employer Payments Due

July 14

In-Person Patent Program Interviews

July 20 & 21

Virtual Patent Program Interviews

July 24

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.