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Law Student FAQs

1. How do I apply for a Summer Associate position with Fish?
If we do not go to your school for OCI, please submit your resume, transcripts, and a writing sample with your online application. Please be sure to note the office location(s) of interest and provide your current mailing address and phone number.

2. Am I eligible to apply for a Summer Associate position if I do not have an engineering or science background?
Yes. While a scientific or technical background may be preferred for some positions, only candidates interested in patent prosecution are required to have such a background (e.g., electrical engineering, physics, or computer science).

3. What if I’m interested in a Summer Associate position at more than one Fish office?
If you are interested in a Summer Associate position at more than one of our offices, only one application is necessary. Let us know the offices in which you are interested and the order of preference during either the On-Campus Interview or in your cover letter.

Our offices make individual decisions concerning callbacks and offers as a result of the different sizes, practice areas, and hiring needs at each location.

4. What is the callback process at Fish?
If selected for a callback interview, you will receive a callback invitation from a member of the Recruiting Department. During the callback interview, students typically meet with a member of the Recruiting Department and four to six attorneys. Morning interviews conclude with a lunch with a couple of attorneys.

5. How soon should I expect to hear from Fish, and how long will I have to respond if I receive an offer?
After callback interviews, candidates can expect to hear back from us in about one to two weeks. We adhere to the NALP offer guidelines extended to law students for summer and postgraduate positions.

6. Does Fish hire first-year law students?

In accordance with NALP guidelines, 1L students are encouraged to submit their applications to us after December 1. After 2L hiring is complete, our offices individually evaluate whether their summer programs are able to accommodate 1L students.

In addition, the firm hosts a Diversity Fellowship Program for 1L students. Fish & Richardson is devoted to encouraging diversity among the firm and across the legal profession. For more information about the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program, please visit our Diversity page here.

7. May I split my summer with another firm?
While splitting summers is allowed in some offices, we strongly encourage students to spend the entire summer with us. Week requirements and other regulations vary across our offices, and requests to split the summer are handled on a case-by-case basis. We suggest contacting the Legal Recruiting Administrator in the office in which you are interested to discuss the minimum requirements.

8. May I split my summer with another Fish office?
Our offices make independent hiring decisions, so students who are interested in more than one office need to interview and receive offers from both offices of interest. At that point, requests to split the summer between two offices are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

9. What are the compensation and benefits for Summer Associates?
In 2017, Summer Associates firm-wide will be paid $3,500 per week. If travel is necessary, we also reimburse students for expenses, up to $650, for roundtrip travel between their law schools and the Fish offices where they will be spending their summers.

10. What would I need to do to receive an offer to return as an Associate, and when are such offers extended?
Many factors are evaluated when the firm decides whether to extend an Associate offer. In addition to work product, the firm considers the motivation, judgment, interpersonal skills, initiative, and other personal characteristics shown by Summer Associates throughout the summer.

After all the Summer Associates have left the firm, the Hiring Committee meets to evaluate each Summer Associate. Decisions are generally made prior to September 1.

11. Does the firm hire 3Ls?
3L hiring is driven by practice group and office need. While we don’t typically interview 3Ls during On-Campus Interviews, we will consider write-in applications. If you are interested in applying for a position, please submit an online application identifying your office preference and practice area of interest, and attach your resume and transcript.

Lateral FAQs

1. How are work assignments distributed among legal staff?
In general, assignments for Junior Associates are managed at both a practice group and an office level. Staffing is done on a case-by-case basis. There are many cases in which Junior Associates work directly with a Principal.

There are also larger matters that may involve more levels of staffing, and the Associate may be part of a team for that particular matter. Many of our cases are cross-staffed among offices, providing Associates with the opportunity to work with a variety of attorneys at all levels.

We have a large firm with a small firm feel when it comes to working on cases between offices. We are proud to provide early responsibility and client contact to our Junior Associates. Our Group Leaders play a large part in making sure that Junior Associates have exposure to the practice areas and experiences they desire.

2. Does the firm pay for relocation?
The firm pays for moving expenses for certain legal positions if relocation to another city is necessary to work at the firm and the move meets the IRS distance requirement.

3. Does the firm allow office transfers?
While we have allowed inter-office transfers, each request is considered on a case-by-case basis.

4. What types of opportunities are there for pro bono work?
We believe that participating in pro bono legal work is an important part of an attorney’s professional development and is important to the firm as a whole.

All our attorneys are strongly encouraged to do pro bono work and are supported in doing so. The firm shows its support of pro bono work by providing full hours credit toward annual hours minimums to legal staff members who work on approved pro bono matters.

We have partnerships with a number of pro bono organizations. There is a Pro Bono Coordinator in every office who is responsible for notifying attorneys of pro bono opportunities as they arise. Please click here for more information on the firm’s pro bono efforts.

5. Does the firm allow part-time schedules?
Any member of the legal staff who is joining the firm or in good standing with the firm is entitled to be considered for a reduced hours arrangement.

Current Legal Openings

 
 

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Technology Specialist

Boston

PhD in chemistry or closely related field. 0-5 years of patent prosecution experience and USPTO registration strongly preferred. Strong background in organic or synthetic chemistry a plus. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

2020 Summer Associate (Trademark)

Boston, Silicon Valley

Anticipated JD Spring 2021.  Excellent academic credentials, superior writing ability and demonstrated interest in Trademark Law.   Please submit cover letter (indicating office location of interest), resume, transcripts and a writing sample.

2020 Summer Associate (Patent Litigation or Patent Prosecution)

Southern California, Washington, D.C., Boston, Delaware, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Houston, Twin Cities, Atlanta, New York

Anticipated JD Spring 2021. Excellent academic credentials, superior writing ability, and a scientific or technical background (degree and/or experience). Please submit cover letter (indicating office location and practice area of interest), resume, transcripts and a writing sample.

Trademark Associate (entry level)

Munich

Fish & Richardson’s Munich office is hiring a newly qualified German Attorney-at-Law for our Trademark practice. We are seeking fully qualified candidate who has passed 2 state exams, with honors. Excellent spoken and written English is required, and candidates should demonstrate strong teamwork and communication skills.

Trademark Associate (experienced)

Munich

Fish & Richardson’s Munich office is hiring a German Trademark attorney to support an expanding practice. The ideal candidate should have an admission as a German Attorney-at-Law, 2-3 years European and foreign trademark counseling, clearance and prosecution experience, and excellent English skills. Enforcement and litigation experience are not required, but welcome. Candidate must be a self-starter and demonstrate a high level of initiative. Good academic credentials and strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills are also required.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Boston, Silicon Valley, Twin Cities

JD 2013 – 2014 – Strong background in life sciences including molecular biology, cellular biology, bioinformatics, genetics, biochemistry, immunology, or closely related field.  At least 5 years of patent prosecution experience required. Advanced degree (preferably PhD) and USPTO registration required. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Austin

JD 2016-2018 – Degree in computer science or closely related field. At least 1-3 years of patent prosecution experience and software knowledge strongly preferred. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Shenzhen

Our Shenzhen office is seeking talented engineers with a degree in electrical engineering, computer science or a closely related field. An advanced degree, or 3+ years of experience is preferred. Patent prosecution experience would be valuable, but is not required. Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English and Chinese, and have excellent academic credentials, writing skills, client interfacing skills and interpersonal skills. Qualified candidates should provide their transcripts and an English language writing sample with their resume.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Dallas

JD 2013-2016 – Strong background in electrical engineering or computer science, and experience with blockchain, AI and security work. 3+ years of patent prosecution experience preferred. Mandarin and English language skills required. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Washington, D.C.

Strong background in electrical engineering or closely related field, and experience with cellular communication technology. Ideal candidate will have a graduate degree and be proficient in English and Korean languages. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

European Patent Attorney

Southern California, Washington, D.C., Boston, Delaware, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Houston, Twin Cities, Atlanta, New York, Austin

Seeking attorneys based in the United States who are registered to practice before the European Patent Office, or part-qualified European patent attorneys. Candidates should have an advanced technical degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Physics, and 2-5 years of patent prosecution experience in computer-related technologies. Must be fluent in written and spoken English with excellent writing skills. We are considering applicants across all of our offices.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Boston

JD 2015-2016 or earlier – Strong background in life sciences including molecular biology, immunology, or related field and at least 2-3 years of patent prosecution experience required. PhD and USPTO registration required. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Boston

Strong background in life sciences including molecular biology, immunology, or related field and at least 2-3 years of patent prosecution experience required. PhD and USPTO registration required. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Litigation Associate

Silicon Valley

JD 2014-2017 – Degree and a strong background in electrical engineering or computer science, and 1-4 years of patent litigation experience required. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Litigation Associate

Washington, D.C.

JD 2017 – Strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, or closely related field. Excellent academic credentials, writing skills, and client interfacing skills are required. 1 year of patent litigation experience required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Litigation Associate

Washington, D.C.

JD 2013-2015 – Strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, or closely related field. Excellent academic credentials, writing skills, and client interfacing skills are required. 3-5 years of patent litigation experience required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Southern California, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Silicon Valley, New York

Strong telecommunications background and degree in electrical engineering. 2+ years of patent prosecution experience preferred. Ideal candidate will be proficient in English and Chinese languages. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Southern California, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Silicon Valley, New York

Strong background in electrical engineering or computer science, and experience with blockchain, AI and security work. 2+ years of patent prosecution experience preferred. Mandarin language required. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Patent Litigation Associate

Dallas

JD 2011-2013 – Degree and strong background in electrical engineering and at least 5 years of patent litigation experience required. Semiconductor experience is a plus. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Litigation Staff Attorney

Dallas

3+ years of experience and a strong academic background in computer science or electrical engineering. Will also consider candidates with other technical backgrounds who have experience in the CS/EE areas of patent litigation. Excellent writing skills required.  Previous industry experience is a plus. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Attorney/Trainee

Munich

Our Munich office is seeking talented patent attorney trainees and patent attorneys with strong English skills to join our team. A PhD or Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science is preferred, but a passion for patent law is required. Qualified candidates should provide their transcripts and a writing sample with their resume.

Our Data Protection Notice for the Munich office informs you about the processing of your personal information by Fish & Richardson P.C.

Technology Specialist

Munich

Our Munich office is seeking talented engineers and scientists with strong English skills to join our team. A PhD or Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science is preferred, but a passion for patent law is required. Qualified candidates should provide their transcripts and a writing sample with their resume.

Our Data Protection Notice for the Munich office informs you about the processing of your personal information by Fish & Richardson P.C.

Technology Specialist

Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley

Strong preference for those with experience in machine learning or quantum computing or closely related field; USPTO registration is preferred, but not required. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. 1-4 years of patent prosecution experience is strongly preferred. This position allows for working remotely the majority of the time, and we will consider candidates located within 2 hours driving time of one of our offices, ideally Washington, DC or Silicon Valley. Occasional travel to the office for training and client meetings will be required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

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