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.

Diversity
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 once again ranked Finnegan in the top tier for all four United States categories, including patent prosecution, patent contentious, ITC litigation, and bio life sciences.

The 2014 edition of Chambers USA ranked Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP as a Band 1 firm in the categories of Nationwide Intellectual Property and Nationwide International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337). The firm also ranked as Band 2 in the Nationwide Life Sciences category. Finnegan has consistently been ranked as a leading intellectual property law firm since the inception of the ranking by Chambers USA in 2007.

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), Technology Practice (4), Clean Tech/Renewable Energy Practice (8), Best Law Firms for Diversity (8), Diversity – Veterans (1), Diversity for Minorities (11) Diversity for Women (14), Diversity – LGBT (14), and Compensation (19).

Working Mother magazine recognized Finnegan as one of the 2014 Working Mother “100 Best Companies.” This is the third consecutive year Finnegan has been recognized for its leadership in work/life integration policies and programs, and for its commitment to a culture that supports the advancement of women. Recently, Working Mother magazine, along with Flex-Time Lawyers, also named Finnegan one of the “50 Best Law firms for Women.”

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 17 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

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 February 13, 2015. Application forms are available in Microsoft Word and PDF format.