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) named Finnegan 2016 Global IP Firm of the Year.  MIP also once again ranked Finnegan in Tier 1 across all United States categories, including patent prosecution, patent contentious, ITC litigation, PTAB litigation, and bio life sciences. 

The 2016 edition of Chambers USA ranked Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP as a leading firm in the Nationwide Intellectual Property category, as well as the subcategories of International Trade (Section 337) and Trademark, Copyright, & Trade Secrets.  Earlier this year, Chambers Global recognized Finnegan as a top IP firm internationally, ranking the firm in top tiers in the United States for Intellectual Property: Patent, International Trade, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets.

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), Formal Training (8), Best to Work For (7), Satisfaction (9), Quality of Work (9), Best Overall Summer Associate Program (10), Overall Diversity (6), Diversity for Women (7), Diversity for Minorities (4), and Diversity – LGBT (8).

Working Mother magazine recognized Finnegan as one of the 2016 "Working Mother 100 Best Companies" for the firm’s outstanding leadership in creating progressive programs to support working families, ranking the firm in the top 25 and one of only four law firms featured on the list. Finnegan was also recently named one of “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother.

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: 


Nate Ngerebara, UC Berkeley School of Law


Sydney English, George Washington University


Nate Ngerebara, UC Berkeley School of Law


Sydney English, George Washington University

Danielle Wright, Georgetown University Law Center


Kaetochi Okemgbo, Duke Law School


Danielle Pfifferling, George Washington University


Flora Amwayi, Harvard Law School


Wanli Tang, Duke Law School


Emmanuel Azih, University of Georgia


Samhitha Muralidhar, George Washington University

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 1, 2017. Application forms are available in Microsoft Word and PDF format.