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 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.


Bejin Bieneman, PLC, is seeking a part-time to full-time patent searcher.  We will train the right candidate; this is an excellent opportunity for an engineer to learn about patent law.  Your job duties will include analyzing invention disclosures, working with a patent attorney to formulate a search strategy, and then searching for patent prior art using online databases.  Other possible duties include invalidity searching and/or freedom-to-operate searching.  Your minimum availability must be 25 hours per week.  Compensation will be on an hourly basis.

The successful candidate must have an engineering degree; experience in automotive engineering is a plus.  This position allows the opportunity to work from home after an initial training period with a requirement to be in the office half a day (or potentially less) once or twice a week.  Meeting times in the office will be flexible.  A physical work space is available if the candidate desires to work in the office.


To be considered for any of the positions above, 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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