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30 Mar 2018

Our vacation scheme offers a select few the opportunity to see what it’s really like to be a patent or trade mark attorney at one of the most successful IP firms in the UK. We’re not saying that this week long scheme will be a breeze. It will be hands on and you’ll be working across teams and offices, and with real cases. You’ll be asked to contribute from the moment you walk through the door and the week will be jam-packed with case lessons, workshops, shadowing and mentoring.

If you think you have the drive, talent and ambition to become a patent or trade mark attorney, then we would love to hear from you.

Who can apply

The scheme is intended for undergraduates, in their penultimate or final year, and postgraduates. We also encourage applications from those who are already part of the professional world but who are seeking a change of career.

The common factor is that all those that get a place on the voluntary vacation scheme are excellent communicators, both written and verbal. Also, all have a relevant undergraduate/postgraduate degree and/or industry experience.

Academic entry requirements You will need:

  • To have obtained, or to have predicted, at least a 2:1 in a relevant academic subject at undergraduate level. Those with a patent interest must be studying for, or already have, an undergraduate degree in a relevant technical field (science and/or engineering).
  • 340 UCAS points (AAB) at A Level.

How do I apply?

Writing a covering letter to accompany your CV is always difficult but it is a crucial part of the application process. It is your opportunity to demonstrate your capabilities and suitability to join our graduate programme. It is also a great vehicle to demonstrate your personality and enables you to stand out from other well qualified applicants.

Within your covering letter you must answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to join Boult Wade Tennant’s voluntary vacation scheme?
  2. What do you hope to gain from participating in the scheme?
  3. Why do you think you would make a good patent or trade mark attorney?

How you answer these questions is up to you but you must include full and succinct answers.

When is the next scheme?

The application process for 2018’s voluntary summer vacation scheme opens on 1st December 2017 and will remain open until the 30 March 2018, after which point all applications will be reviewed. We intend to acknowledge all applications as soon as possible after receipt. Please note we do not accept combined applications, for both the voluntary vacation and trainee scheme. If you would like to apply for both, please send two separate applications.

  • Job Type: Undergraduate Level
  • Career Sector: Patents, Trade Marks
  • Area of Specialism: Chemistry, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Electronics, Technology, Electrical Engineering
  • Degree Result Required: 2:1
  • Location: London, Reading, Cambridge and Oxford.
  • Salary: Competitive
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