What are your application criteria for trainee patent attorneys?
You should be working towards, or have obtained, an excellent first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) complemented by strong A Levels (typically 3 at grade A or equivalent) and a passion for science and technology. With an excellent command of both written and spoken English and a meticulous eye for detail, you should enjoy analysing and conceptualising complex matters, with a passion and aptitude for problem solving.
Do you have specific degree requirements for trainee patent attorneys?
There are specific degree requirements in order to enter the profession. Applicants must hold a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) of which at least 80% of the course hours must be devoted to scientific and/or technical subjects. Please refer to our guidance on commonly accepted degrees. For more information about the profession and degree requirements, please refer to the section on registering for the EU Qualifying Exams (EQEs) via the EPO’s website.
What will the interview process entail?
Our annual trainee recruitment cycle takes place between June and December each year, with a start date of the following autumn. Our application process is comprised of the following stages:
- Submission of a brief online application form and CV.
- Completion of a short pre-recorded video interview, including motivational, strengths-based and technical questions.
- First stage interview, where you will typically meet with a partner and senior associate from the relevant practice area. You’ll also have the opportunity to have an informal conversation with some of our current trainees. There will be some pre-interview exercises, and you will be asked to provide a sample of your technical written work. Depending on the practice area you have applied to, there may also be some practical exercises to complete on the day of your interview.
- Final interview, where you will meet all partners from the relevant practice group.
What if I don’t meet the minimum academic criteria?
If you have extenuating circumstances which you believe have affected your academic results, we are happy to consider these on an individual basis. You will have the opportunity to discuss these in your application form.
Can I apply for more than one role at a time?
Unfortunately, no. Please select the practice group which is most relevant to your degree. Helpful guidance can be found in our commonly accepted degree section of the website. If you are uncertain, please contact us and we will be happy to assist.
What will the training entail for trainee patent attorneys?
- In-house, comprehensive trainee tutorial programme (over the first six months of employment) to give our trainees a thorough grounding in the key essentials;
- Queen Mary University: Certificate in Intellectual Property Law;
- In-house, comprehensive intermediate tutorial programme;
- Pre-European Qualifying Examinations (includes in-house study group for examination preparation);
- UK Finals (external training and in-house study group for examination preparation);
- European Qualifying Examinations Finals (in-house study group for examination preparation);
- Advocacy training (after qualification).