Program Details

An interdisciplinary approach that starts with teamwork

Better Prepared Teams Earn More Wins

TI:GER draws law (JD) students from Emory and business (MBA) students and doctoral (PhD) candidates in engineering and science from Emory and other institutions to comprise the teams. Classes are held on both campuses, led by faculty in economics, science, business, law, and entrepreneurship.

Emory Law School students apply in the spring of their first year of law school by submitting a statement of interest, resume, academic records, and an overview of undergraduate experience. A science and engineering background is helpful but it is especially recommended for the patent law track.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of Emory University School of Law faculty in a rigorous selection process. Once selected for the program, TI:GER students meet in the fall of their second year, visit the PhDs’ labs, learn about the various technologies and research, and get to know the other students. Teams are then formed consisting of four students – one Emory Law student from the technology/business track, one Emory Law student from the patent law track, one Georgia Tech MBA student, and one PhD candidate.

One Emory: Engaged for Impact

Emory is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future.

Faculty Excellence: Foster a culture of eminence that attracts and inspires scholars of the highest order.

Academic Community of Choice: Cultivate a thriving campus and a compelling student experience.

Innovation through Scholarship and Creative Expression: Harness imagination and discovery to address 21st-century challenges.

Atlanta as a Gateway to the World: Unleash Emory and Atlanta’s shared future to mobilize change for the world.

Join a Network of over 1000 alumni, instructors, and mentors

While some TI:GER research is too early stage for participants to commercialize immediately after graduation, many alumni say they’ve gained an entrepreneurial mindset that benefits them in a wide range of careers. Meanwhile, the list of TI:GER projects evolving into successful companies keeps growing.

Gain Experience in Startup Development

Emory Law students apply the spring semester of their first year. Approximately twelve to twenty students are selected to participate each year.

Some students continue to work with their teams well into company development while other students use the knowledge gained in their professional careers.

How We Partner with Other Programs

Technology students must apply and be accepted into the MBA or the PhD Program of a participating institution. Applying is a competitive process.

Students research emerging technologies and use innovation to solve problems. These technologies go on to become new business ideas or may be transformed into corporate innovation.

Our Team

Nicole Morris, Esq.

Nicole Morris, Esq.

Director of TI:GER and Professor in Practice

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property Licensing, Intellectual Property Strategy, Patent Law, Patent Litigation & Prosecution

Emory Profile


Jeannette Livingston

TI:GER Program Coordinator

Hear from the Director

Program Director Professor Nicole Morris explain how the Program is training lawyers for the future

Partner Outreach

We strategically work with our partners to enhance their programs and provide more opportunities for Emory University School of Law Students.