Student Competitions

For a more comprehensive list of IP writing competitions, please visit the website of Professor Michael J. Madison, University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association's Carole Bailey Scholarship provides up to $5,000 to at least one law student with a demonstrated commitment to public service. The scholarship is in honor of the court’s recently retired Chief Deputy Clerk of Administrative Services, Carole Bailey. Carole’s commitment to public service was unwavering throughout her legal and professional career, and in furtherance of our mission as a 501(c)(3) organization, the Bar Association seeks to aid law students in achieving their own accomplishments in pursuit of public service. For details about the scholarship, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines, click here [pdf]. You can also visit the Bar Association’s website. The deadline for applications is generally in October each year.

The Marcus B. Finnegan Competition, which offers a $5000 prize for the best essay in any area of intellectual property, a $2000 second prize, and a $1000 third prize, is sponsored by the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P. Any J.D. or LL.M. student enrolled at GW Law during the spring semester is eligible to participate in the Finnegan Prize competition.  

The Mark T. Banner Scholarship is a $5000 award given by the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Mark T. Banner Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law
  • Commitment, qualities and actions toward ethics, civility and professionalism
  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school)
  • Written and oral communication skills determined in part through a telephone interview
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement
  • Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability)
  • An ability to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law is an essential requirement
  • Diversity is considered, but is also one element among several in the award decision

The application deadline is generally in November of each year.


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