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Rose-Hulman, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Establish Intellectual Property Scholars Program

March 25, 2014

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Providing Strong Foundation: Several Rose-Hulman alumni have used their technical backgrounds to have rewarding legal careers in intellectual property law after earning degrees from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. (Photo by Shawn Spence)

     Rose-Hulman and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law have entered into a memorandum of understanding establishing a scholarship program for engineering students interested in studying intellectual property law.

     The Rose-Hulman Intellectual Property Law Scholars Program will offer at least two Rose-Hulman graduates admitted to the Maurer School of Law a scholarship amounting to 50 percent of annual tuition, along with access to a formal mentoring program and a research assistant position in the law school’s Center for Intellectual Property Research. The scholarship will reduce the cost of law school tuition over three years by approximately $45,000 to $75,000, depending on the student’s residency and other factors. 

     "Intellectual property law is one of the fastest-growing areas of the profession,” says Austen L. Parrish, dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law at the Maurer School of Law. “We have one of the strongest intellectual property law programs in the nation and are delighted to join forces with one of the country’s leading engineering schools in finding pathways for talented students to advance their professional interests."

     "Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is excited to partner with the IU Maurer School of Law," states Richard Stamper [,-rick-phd.aspx], dean of faculty and professor of engineering management and mechanical engineering. "The Rose-Hulman Intellectual Property Law Scholars Program will create outstanding opportunities for students to gain a technical and legal education that will enable them to make significant contributions to an economy driven by technological innovation."

     Michael M. Morris, a 2008 mechanical engineering alumnus is an associate at the intellectual property law firm Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry in Indianapolis, states: "My Rose-Hulman and Indiana Law degrees have been very helpful to me in my career as a patent lawyer. At Rose-Hulman, I learned the technical knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary to be an engineer. The Maurer School of Law helped me gain a strong foundation in patent law so that I may apply my engineering background in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. I know that future scholarship recipients will experience similar benefits from both schools’ programs."

     Rose-Hulman will nominate current students or alumni for the program beginning with the fall 2014 entering class.