The Summer Law Clerk Program has been our primary source of new associates for many years.
The program is open to first-year and second-year law students of all backgrounds and is designed to provide a stimulating and diverse educational experience for exceptional law students nationwide. Clerks are given significant projects and work closely with the assigning attorney. In many ways, these work projects are similar to those given to new associates.
We believe it is imperative for clerks to understand both the prosecution and litigation aspects of intellectual property law; as a result, clerks are strongly encouraged to delve into both areas during the summer. Evaluations are conducted mid-summer and at summer's end.
Our weekly In-House Training Program is designed to provide exposure to as many practice areas as possible. Summer law clerks are also invited to attend the monthly practice group meetings as well as the attorney training seminars.
Exciting social events (on large, small, formal and informal scales) are planned throughout the summer. It is during the social events that many of the future professional relationships are founded and long-lasting friendships are formed.
Associate Training Program
Specific training is tailored for associates to provide opportunities to obtain a variety of work, discuss firm issues, network and begin building a successful practice. Formal and informal training is provided, and our Mentor program is designed to give associates guidance as their careers develop and mature. Associates are encouraged to participate and achieve leadership positions in professional associations.
Your work assignments will range broadly and cover issues such as patent protection, trademark infringement, copyright licensing and more. You will also be given immediate office practice with clients as well as litigation responsibilities. The broad base of experience provided at Merchant & Gould, coupled with our training programs, will help you to become a well-rounded intellectual property law practitioner in whatever practice area you decide to emphasize.