It is usually best to apply for a trainee position within the specialism that matches your academic qualifications, in this case look for those that say ‘life sciences’ or ‘biotechnology’ in the job title or description. There are many firms who now offer open days, graduate recruitment days, or even work experience so keep an eye out for those in the year before you intend to apply. These can be very useful ways to find out more and meet patent attorneys at different firms, as well as get you noticed if you do eventually apply there.
In fact, HGF is holding an open day for Life Sciences graduates on 27th November in Leeds. In terms of applying for trainee positions, typically the only requirements are a covering letter and a CV. If you are invited to interview however, these may be quite long and include tasks designed to see if you would be capable of doing the day to day job. For example you may be asked to draft a claim covering a simple invention, asked to perform a grammar test, or even a critical thinking test. Trainee positions are typically sought after and attract many applicants so it is advisable to apply to many different firms and to be open minded about where you may begin your career. It is often much easier to move between firms once you are in the profession.
Are you a recent or soon-to-be graduate with a degree in Life Sciences? (We are particularly interested in applicants with a bioinformatics degree or research experience in bioinformatics).
Are you passionate about the intersection of science and law?
Do you aspire to become a Life Science Patent Attorney?
If so, we invite you to explore your potential career with HGF at our upcoming HGF Futures open day in our Leeds office on the 27th November!
HGF Futures Leeds will offer a comprehensive overview of the patent profession and the unique role of a Life Science Patent Attorney.
Here’s some of what you can expect to discover:
- About Us: Get to know HGF and our commitment to innovation and excellence.
- What an Invention Is: Explore what a patent is.
- What a Patent Attorney Does: Gain insights into the day-to-day responsibilities and the exciting challenges that come with the role.
- Introduction to the Qualification Process: Understand the exams involved in becoming a qualified patent attorney.
- Real-Life Experience: Get a glimpse into the daily life of a Life Science Patent Attorney through practical examples.
- Meet Our Trainees and Patent Attorneys: Connect with our trainees and experienced professionals.
Limited spaces available
Apply to secure your spot at this exclusive event by using the link.
- Note that you’ll need to be a recent Life Sciences graduate or will be graduating in 2024.
- You’ll also need to provide your most recent CV.