McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program Taking Applications through January 31


Launched in 2008, the McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship provides for a $15,000 award and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student who is committed to meaningfully contributing to diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and intends to pursue a career in patent law in Chicago.

As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the individual’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource to them.

Applicants can apply here.

This program has recognized some exceptional talent, including:

  • Our first fellowship winner, Malaika Tyson, who is today a McAndrews shareholder. She was also recently named an American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Woman to Watch, and elected to serve as both president of the Chicago Chapter of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and as board member for the national organization in 2021.
  • Manuela Cabal, a McAndrews associate, who the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division selected as one of the 2020 On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Award honorees.
  • McAndrews’ two-time summer associate Dorien Clark, who received the AIPLA 2020 Past Presidents Award, a merit-based scholarship award recognizing a diverse law student who has excelled in the study of intellectual property law.