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Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program

Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law - FADIPL


Program Manager

Active Location

United States

Type of Programs
Mentorship, Other

FADIPL is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of the IP profession among underrepresented groups and supporting their participation in the IP profession, including providing mentorship, networking opportunities, and financial support.

Template or Direct Join
Direct Join, Sponsorship

Small Team Friendly

Team Size

Time Commitment

Time commitments vary based upon the volunteer activity. FADIPL anticipates a need for 75-100 active mentors devoting time to trainee, mentee-relationship building, and evaluation.


Leadership Donor Levels begin at $2,500 for organizations and $500 for individuals; volunteer assistance with FADIPL programming is critical to the success of the Scholar Program

The Scholar Program of the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law (FADIPL) is open to STEM-educated individuals who identify as members of racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the patent law profession and who are interested in exploring a career in patent law in the United States as fulltime law students.  The Foundation recruits STEM-trained individuals to seek law school admission and apply for recognition as Scholars.  The Scholar Program assists individuals selected as Scholars throughout the law school admissions process, providing both financial assistance (up to $5,000 in the form of 1L tuition grants to cover application/admissions-related costs) and mentoring support.  During law school, Scholars are provided additional career-preparation and career readiness support through various Foundation activities and programs.  Entry into the program requires completing an online application, with Scholars being accepted into the Scholar Program throughout the year.

The Foundation is currently targeting the selection of 25 new 1L Scholars each year.

Options for what a Company or a Law Firm Could Provide to FADIPL

Organizations who want to support FADIPL on the organization-level can be part of the Foundation’s Partner Liaison Program.

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