Just like our clients are competing for market share, we’re constantly competing for top legal talent. That’s why we tinkered with the typical law clerk program to bring more value to the experience and to ensure that those who eventually join our team are already ahead of the curve.
How Long is Our Program?
First, we got rid of the whole notion that clerkships are just for summer. Our clerks are welcome to work the entire year and as many hours as they want. Many work out a full-time commitment in the summer and go part-time during the school year. This gives our clerks a five-month edge over their classmates and the real work experience deepens their grasp of what’s being discussed in class.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
Next, we decided that our clerks should have real work to do. Our program allows them to dive right in on tasks like research, drafting patent applications and Office Action responses, conducting litigation research, and helping with business development initiatives. We also pair each law clerk with not one, but two mentors. An associate and a partner mentor are there to show our clerks the ropes, review their work and help them forge relationships with other attorneys at the firm. Our clerks are well trained and treated like professionals.
Do We Hire Law Clerks?
The number of clerks we invite into the program directly reflects the number of associates we plan to hire. 60% of our current attorney team started at the firm as law clerks. Inviting all of our clerks to join us as associates is the norm, not the exception. Offers are extended in the fall and those who decide to join our team will continue as clerks until they graduate and pass the bar.
What Else Can You Expect?
Yes, we are patent attorneys (and engineers), but we’re fun too. Our law clerks take part in our annual Patterson Bonspiel curling tournament, our holiday party, summer lawn bowling, and networking events that we sponsor. If you’re here, you’re part of the team.