Mark T. Banner Scholarship for Law Students

October 8, 2010Duke Law News


Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through the fall semester 2011 are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship.

Selection Criteria

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
Financial Award

Recipients of the Mark T. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from now through November 15, 2010. Awards will be announced in March 2011. Applicants will submit the following documents for consideration:

  • Completed Mark T. Banner Scholarship Application Form
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts (law school, undergraduate/graduate school)
  • Writing sample (5-10 pages) (a legal writing sample is requested, if available)
  • Contact information for three references
  • One page statement describing how (a) ethics, civility and professionalism have been a focus of the candidate, and (b) how diversity has impacted the candidate
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