Our Summer Associate Program is designed to expose law students to the field of intellectual property law and to provide an accurate idea of an associate's work at the firm. The 10-week summer program stresses professionalism, training, and development. Last year, our summer associates had the opportunity to engage in a diverse mix of work, including: attending trials, appellate and motion hearings, depositions, and client meetings; researching and writing on various patent, trademark, copyright, procedural, and evidentiary issues; prosecuting patent and trademark applications; writing speeches and articles; and presenting reviews of recent Federal Circuit decisions. Summer Associates have outstanding technical backgrounds in engineering and the natural sciences, and are typically in the top 25% of their law school class.

Finnegan rates as one of the nation’s top law firms with respect to diversity. The firm has developed a reputation as a leader in the field of IP law. We are consistently ranked as a top law firm by respected U.S. and international publications.

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) recognized Finnegan with the distinct honor of being named its first-ever U.S. IP Firm of the Decade. MIP also once again ranked Finnegan in the top tier for all five United States categories, including patent prosecution, patent contentious, ITC litigation, PTAB litigation, and bio life sciences.

The 2015 edition of Chambers USA ranked Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP as a Band 1 firm in the Nationwide Intellectual Property category. The firm also ranked as Band 2 in the Nationwide categories of Intellectual Property: International Trade (Section 337) and Trademark, Copyright, & Trade Secrets, and Band 3 in the Life Science category. Since the 2007 inception of these rankings by Chambers USA, Finnegan has consistently ranked as a leading intellectual property law firm.

In this year’s Vault survey we ranked in the Top 20 nationally in several categories including but not limited to: Intellectual Property Practice (2), Best to Work For (10), Formal Training (10), Substantive Work (10), Pro Bono (13), Best Overall Summer Associate Program (17), Overall Diversity (6), Diversity – Veterans (3), Diversity for Minorities (10), Diversity for Women (12), and Diversity – LGBT (12).

Working Mother magazine has named Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP as one of the 2015 “100 Best Companies.” This is the fourth consecutive year Finnegan has been recognized for its commitment to progressive workplace programs, including advancement of women, flexibility, child care, and paid parental leave. Finnegan was also recently named one of “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers. For more information on the culture, environment, and opportunities at our firm, you may wish to read our profile on www.chambersandpartners.com.

Diversity Scholarship
Since 2003, Finnegan has awarded scholarships to 18 students. The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship is open to application by students attending top law schools around the nation.

Recent Finnegan scholars: 

2009-2010 - Samhitha Muralidhar, George Washington University
2010-2011 - Emmanuel Azih, University of Georgia 
2011-2012 - Flora Amwayi, Harvard Law School  
                       Wanli Tang, Duke Law School 
2012-2013 - Danielle Pfifferling, George Washington University
2013-2014 - Kaetochi Okemgbo, Duke Law School 
2014-2015 - Sydney English, George Washington University
                       Danielle Wright, Georgetown University Law Center
2015-2016 - Sydney English, George Washington University
                        Nate Ngerebara, UC Berkeley School of Law                        

Each scholar is given $15,000 per year for tuition and other law school fees. To apply, please send us your completed application form to Email by January 25, 2016. Application forms are available in Microsoft Word and PDF format.