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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 2021 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on July 22-23, 2021.
JD students graduating in 2022 and 2023 are eligible for this program.

At this time, we are planning for the July program to be a virtual program. It is possible that the July program will be held in-person, but we will rely on federal, state and local government guidance as well as CDC recommendations when making that decision.

This site will be updated if we determine that an in-person program will be possible.

January 2021 Participating Employers | January 2021 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 2021 Patent Law Interview Program will begin on February 1 and will end on February 16. Registration is free for law schools, but please note that your students will not be able to register for the program if your law school is not signed up.

Student Registration & Fees
Online student registration will begin on February 18 and end on March 19 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

February 1

Law School Registration Deadline

February 16

Student Registration Begins

February 18

Student Registration Deadline

March 19 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Students Receive Access to PIPER

March 30

Student Bidding Begins

April 1

Student Bidding Deadline

April 27

Employer Selections Available to Students

June 3

Student Accept/Decline Period

June 3 - June 11

Schedules Available to Students

June 18

Student Cancellation Period

June 18 - July 18

2021 Patent Law Interview Program

July 22 & 23, 2021

Law Student Information

Student Registration
Student registration for the 2021 Patent Law Interview Program will begin on February 18 and end on March 19.

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 2022 (Rising 3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in May/June 2023 (Rising 2Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2021/January 2022 (Rising 3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2022/January 2023 (Rising 2Ls)

Students who will graduate before the program is held in July 2021 and students who plan to graduate after May/June 2023 are not eligible for the 2021 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 18.
  7. Student Cancellation Period: Students who wish to cancel one or more of their scheduled interviews may do so from June 18 until July 18. 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, July 22-23, 2021.

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 18

Student Registration Deadline

March 19 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Students Receive Access to PIPER

March 30

Student Bidding Begins

April 1

Student Bidding Deadline

April 27 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Employer Selections Available to Students

June 3

Student Decision Period

June 3 - June 11

Interview Schedules Available to Students

June 18

Student Cancellation Period

June 18 – July 18

2021 Patent Law Interview Program

July 22 & 23, 2021

Employer Information

Employer Registration
Employer registration for the 2021 Patent Law Interview Program will begin on February 22 and will end on March 26.

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. Employer registration will take place from February 22 - March 26, 2021.
  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 April 29, 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 May 31.
  4. Students accept or decline their interviews and alternate list spots:
    From June 3 - June 11, 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 June 18.
  6. Employers attend the Virtual Patent Law Interview Program
    The interview program takes place on Thursday and Friday, July 22-23, 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.

*Please note that the employer fees are subject to change if we are able to hold an in-person Patent Program.

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

Employer Registration Begins

February 22

Employer Registration Deadline     

March 26

Student Application Period Opens

April 1

Student Application Deadline

April 27

Employers Receive Access to Student Materials

April 29

Invoices Sent to Employers

May 12

Employer Selections Due

May 31

Student Decision Period

June 3 - June 11

Schedules Released to Students & Employers

June 18

Student Cancellation Period

June 18 - July 18

Employer Payments Due

July 15

Virtual Patent Law Interview Program

July 22 & 23, 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.