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08 Mar 2024

Are you looking for a career outside of academia, whilst still putting your STEM degree to good use?

If so, a career in intellectual property law may be for you.

We are delighted to be hosting our annual Spring Open Day on 11 April 2024.

You will hear from a variety of people at different stages of their career journeys from across our practice groups and will have lots of opportunity to ask questions throughout the day. In an informal setting, the event provides an invaluable opportunity to explore the profession and discover more about life at the firm.

In addition to presentations, panel sessions and an interactive activity, you will receive helpful hints and tips for joining the profession. Typically, we welcome 30 students to the event, which is hosted in our central London office. We are happy to offer financial support towards travel and accommodation expenses.

Why Carpmaels & Ransford?

We are a leading European intellectual property law firm. Through our passionate and award-winning team of life scientists, engineers and regulatory experts, we advise some of the world’s leading healthcare companies.

We were awarded Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year at the 2023 Managing IP EMEA Awards and were also awarded Patent Contentious Firm of the Year and Impact Case of the Year at the 2022 Awards. We are consistently ranked as a top-tier firm by industry directories.

As a firm, we’re passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Diversity of thought is vital to our business; it’s how we approach challenges differently and offer our clients creative and original solutions. Through our work with organisations such as IP Inclusive, Stonewall and Business in the Community via the Race at Work Charter, we are putting the right steps in place to make sure that all our people feel supported and empowered to be themselves.

A healthy work/life balance is very important to us and we run regular wellbeing events in addition to the large number of clubs and social activities that are available to everyone at the firm. We are also enthusiastic supporters of our local community through partnerships with the Social Mobility Foundation and Holborn Community Association.

What we offer

Each year, we recruit a number of exceptional STEM graduates, supporting them through to qualification as a UK and European patent attorney. Opportunities exist within our Chemistry, Biotechnology and Engineering & Tech practice groups.

Trainees have the opportunity to qualify as a UK and European patent attorney. The Chemistry team supports some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and chemical companies and research institutions. They help protect research on ground-breaking therapeutics and their delivery, as well as exciting technologies in the fields of polymer chemistry, catalysts, batteries, metallurgy, nanotechnology, cleantech, electrochemistry, petrochemicals, cosmetics, surfectants and food chemistry.

Who should apply?

For our Open Day, we’re looking for exceptional students who are working towards or who have already attained a strong first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant technical discipline. We welcome interest from those undertaking further study, including PhDs. Degree subjects may include chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry or pharmacology. Your degree will be complemented by strong A Levels (typically 3 at grade A or equivalent).

In addition to your technical skills, you will have an excellent command of both written and spoken English. You enjoy analysing and conceptualising complex matters and have a passion and aptitude for problem solving. With strong time management and organisation skills, you are a strong communicator, both verbally and in writing.

We are proud to be using Rare Recruitment’s Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) which allows us to consider your achievements in the context in which they were gained.

We understand that not all candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background.

Please note that for our Open Day, preference is given to individuals in their penultimate and final year of study. 

As we receive a high level of interest in the event, we encourage those who have been unsuccessful to apply for future opportunities, including our trainee patent attorney vacancies.

We are proud of our inclusive culture where individual differences are celebrated, and we are committed to providing equal opportunities to all employees and job applicants. We do not tolerate discrimination either directly or indirectly on the basis of race, ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, pregnancy and maternity, socio economic background or any characteristic protected by law. Our approach is embodied in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, as well as our diversity and inclusion programmes.

  • Job Type: Undergraduate Level
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Area of Specialism: Chemistry
  • Degree Result Required: 2:1
  • Location: London
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Start Date: April 2024
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