What is the Program Schedule?  

Part 1: Virtual Seminars 

In this series of virtual conferences, you will learn about the various practice areas within IP law, investigate potential career paths, and meet with practicing Fish attorneys, paralegals, and technology specialists. 

  • Dive into the world of patent prosecution: Explore the life cycle of a patent, including drafting claims, filing applications, and obtaining registrations from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 
  • Explore the intricate world of patent infringement and the strategies of enforcement and litigation.  
  • Experience a day in the life of professionals at the heart of the IP field, including technology specialists, patent agents, draftspersons, and attorneys. 
  • Gain insights into the educational journeys and career trajectories of accomplished IP professionals and learn about the various academic backgrounds that can lead to a rewarding career in IP law. 
  • Hear directly from our clients to understand the significance of strategic patent counseling and how IP experts help drive business success. 

Part 2: In-Person Programming 

All participants will meet in Washington, D.C., to receive career advising from career services professionals and to enjoy social activities and a networking reception. 

Fish will cover all travel and lodging expenses for in-person programming. 

Scholarship & Awards  

Participants will receive a $1,000 scholarship and assistance with LSAT or Patent Office exam fees. 

Who Can Apply?  

  • Candidates should be pursuing a degree in a science or engineering field, and either be entering their third or fourth year of undergraduate study or be pursuing a graduate degree. 
  • Candidates should demonstrate a meaningful commitment to diversity and inclusion through their involvement in school or other community efforts and initiatives.


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“I knew a bit about IP from my university’s career resources, but nothing compared to being immersed in the environment and having direct access to multiple experts in the field. I was able to ask about the entire process, from where I am now to after law school; by participating in this program, I feel that my path to a career in IP has been cleared.” 

– 2023-2024 School of Fish Student 

Program Timeline 


Applications open 


Virtual sessions take place from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. ET each Friday from October 11 to November 8, 2024.  


In-person programming, January 6-7, 2025, in Washington, D.C. 

Apply to School of Fish 

Applications for the 2024 School of Fish program are now closed.

Questions? Email [email protected]

About Fish & Richardson 

Fish is one of the world’s premier intellectual property law firms. Founded in 1878, Fish is known for representing some of the country’s most prominent innovators, including Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and the Wright Brothers. We’re still at it today, working with innovators ranging from the largest tech, medical device, and pharma companies to individual inventors to help them protect their ideas.