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Expression of interest – First year university students (computer science/electronics/electrical engineering/software engineering)

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


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Off-cycle Internship

Software Engineering, LegalLondon


  • Are you looking for a career that allows you to apply the technical knowledge gained from your engineering degree in a legal and commercial environment? Do you have an inquisitive mind, a flair for writing and a love of problem solving?
  • If so, a career in intellectual property law may be for you. 
  • Each year, we recruit a number of exceptional STEM graduates, supporting them through to qualification as a UK and European patent attorney. New trainees join a practice group relevant to their subject of study. Opportunities exist within our Chemistry, Biotechnology and Engineering & Tech practice groups.
  • Becoming a patent attorney allows you to put your degree to good use in a rewarding and intellectually stimulating profession. With a renowned training programme, we offer exceptional support for obtaining professional qualifications and beyond.


  • To train as a patent attorney, you must have a STEM degree in a relevant technical discipline. We would love to hear from exceptional students who are working towards a strong first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) or PhD in the following areas:
  • Electronics
  • Electrical engineering
  • General engineering (with a substantial electrical or electronics focus)
  • Computer science
  • Software engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Please note that we are not currently seeking applications from individuals with physics, mechanical or aeronautical engineering backgrounds.

Education requirements

2:1 or higher
Currently Studying
First Year

Area of Responsibilities

Software Engineering


  • Trainees in our Engineering & Tech practice group have the opportunity to qualify as a UK and European patent attorney. The team brings together experts from a wide range of fields, representing some of the world’s leading companies. Their expertise spans a variety of engineering and tech sectors, ranging from surgical devices to lasers, from contact lenses to energy technologies, and from drones to drug delivery systems.
  • The team is regularly called upon to take on large due diligence projects for new technologies or acquisitions, when commercially relevant advice is sought on IP risks and opportunities. Many of the team have extensive experience of patenting computer software and related issues, and they are regularly asked to take over demanding cases that are critical to clients’ global patent strategies.


Work type

Full time

Work mode


Application deadline

Mar 15, 2024