USD School of Law Announces New Qualcomm Intellectual Property Scholarship Program

San Diego (February 16, 2016) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo announced today the launch of the Qualcomm Intellectual Property Scholarship Program to support law students with backgrounds in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.

The program provides an annual three-year award to three entering law students who are graduates of USD, the University of San Diego, California (UCSD), San Diego State University (SDSU) or California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and who have a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or advanced degree in one of the following fields of study: Engineering (including Electrical Engineering), Computer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Biologic Sciences, Bioengineering, Physics or Mathematics. Recipients must also demonstrate an interest in intellectual property or related areas of law. Under the terms of the grant, preference will be given to women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans entering the civilian workforce consistent with Qualcomm’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Program designed to address the relatively low numbers of women and minorities in the STEM fields.

“I am very grateful to Qualcomm for this grant. This scholarship program reflects our shared commitment to build the human capital needed to sustain and build San Diego’s innovation and entrepreneurial economy. There is a growing demand for highly-qualified lawyers with strong backgrounds in the STEM disciplines to serve the technology and medical technology companies that are so critical to our regional economy,” said Ferruolo of the program. “USD School of Law and Qualcomm also share a common commitment to encouraging women, underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to enter the STEM fields and providing them with enhanced career opportunities in business and law.”

To find out more about how to apply to USD School of Law and to review the requirements for the Qualcomm Intellectual Property Scholarship Program, visit sandiego.edu/law.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates more than 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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