Our clerk program provides law school students with real-world experience to prepare them for careers as intellectual property attorneys. The program is designed for part-time and evening law students seeking full-time employment (30+ hours/week when attending school, and 40 hours/week otherwise).
The program’s foundation includes training in drafting and prosecuting patent applications under a reviewing attorney’s guidance and supervision. Clerks may also be assigned patentability searches, legal research projects, and other tasks to serve our clients’ needs.
At Bejin Bieneman, we believe that investing in our clerks with our hands-on training program provides value to our firm, our clerks, and our clients. The program’s goal is to train clerks to be well-equipped to draft and prosecute patent applications, as well as to gain knowledge of our processes and client base so that by graduation, they can seamlessly fit in with our team and continue helping our firm grow.
The program begins by pairing each clerk with a primary supervising attorney. The primary supervising attorney acts as the clerk’s point person for training and to review their work. As clerks become more familiar with processes and assignments, they will have opportunities to work with other attorneys at the firm.
In the program’s initial stages, our clerks are taught to analyze our clients’ invention disclosures, the prior art, and to identify potentially patentable features. Next, our clerks are taught to draft patent claims toward those features, and to write a patent application specification based on the claims. While clerks may be exposed to patent application prosecution, clerks typically work on the prosecution for those patent applications they assisted in preparing.
We generally expect our clerks work at least 30 hours a week during business hours when attending law school. During summer months, we expect clerks work at least 40 hours per week during business hours.
Bejin Bieneman pays clerks an hourly rate (some clerks may be salaried under certain circumstances) and offer health benefits.
To apply to our clerk program, please send an e-mail with your resume to our Human Resource Manager, Dan Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.