Clerk Program

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.

Structured Program

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.


  • Eligible to sit for the patent bar
  • Currently attending or accepted into law school
  • Preferably have at least 2 years left before law school graduation

Work and School Balance

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.

Pay and Benefits

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

Open Positions


Bejin Bieneman, PLC, is seeking a Patent Associate to join the firm and help support our diverse and growing intellectual property law practice. You will prepare and prosecute patent applications in electronics, software, controls, electro-mechanical, and mechanical arts, and assist in intellectual property litigation and opinion work. Copyright and trademark experience is a plus, but not required.

The successful candidate must have USPTO registration and 1-5 years of experience in patent preparation and prosecution. A degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, or physics is required.

Bejin Bieneman is a boutique full-service intellectual property law firm with a national practice based in Southfield, Michigan, and is a member of the IP Legal Network ( We are committed to growing our practice, and are looking for smart, like-minded people to join us in that effort.

Bejin Bieneman is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a full range of benefits, and a fun, informal working environment. Local candidates only, please. You must have at least one year of IP law experience to be considered for this position.

To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and all post-secondary transcripts to our Human Resource Manager, Dan Ryan at


Bejin Bieneman seeks an IP Law Clerk to work at least 30 hours a week throughout the year. The applicant’s primary responsibilities will be assisting in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.  The applicant may also participate in various activities such as assisting in ongoing litigation projects, performing legal research, assisting with legal opinions, engaging with clients, and other IP-related projects.

Successful law school candidates should have excellent academic credentials and strong writing/analytical skills.  They must have a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science and must be eligible to sit for the patent bar.

More information about our Clerk Program can be found on this page.

To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and all post-secondary transcripts to our Human Resource Manager, Dan Ryan at


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