Our graduate recruitment process is geared to people starting in summer or early autumn, to fit with the normal recruitment for new graduates. This is flexible though, to accommodate different circumstances like the completion of a PhD thesis for example.
Although it usually takes four or five years or more to gain full qualification, we want our graduate trainees to enjoy real responsibility as soon as possible. In fact, you should be making a significant contribution to client work within the first year.
Qualification as a Patent Attorney
Qualification as a Chartered UK & European Patent Attorney involves passing several sets of examinations. Of course, we will support you every step of the way. You will be paid to attend courses, lectures and tutorials organised by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. There is also our own in-house tutorial programme which is particularly extensive, with up to 32 tutorials each year.
Qualification as a Trade Mark Attorney
This takes a slightly different route; along with exam success you will need to produce a portfolio of experience. Initially you will be given the opportunity to gain the Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice from Queen Mary University London, and then the Nottingham Law School Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice. You will be using the skills gained on the job to help you through the courses, all the while putting together a portfolio of work that will enable you to qualify as a Trade Mark Attorney.
The main focus of your training will be exposure to a wide variety of work on actual live cases. This is where you will quickly develop your 'real world' skills and understanding of the role, as well as the culture and working practices that have built our firm's success.
All of this will be under the supervision of a qualified attorney who will oversee every aspect of your training with us. You can expect to work with other attorneys as well, which will broaden your experience and outlook.
We encourage trainees to attend appropriate external courses. There are further opportunities for training after qualification - for example, to achieve the LLM at Nottingham Law School to become a Patent Attorney Litigator.
We believe that from the day you join us, your continual professional development should be a key priority throughout your career. After all, the expertise of our people has made Withers & Rogers the leading name that it is. You are our firm – and we never forget that.