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.

Chambers USA has ranked Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Band 1 in the Nationwide Intellectual Property category for 2013. Finnegan has 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 (5), Clean Tech/Renewable Energy Practice (6), Diversity for Women (16), and Diversity for Minorities (18).

Working Mother magazine named Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP as one of the 2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. This announcement marks the second consecutive year Finnegan has been recognized for its commitment to family-friendly workplace programs. Companies were selected based on an extensive application that considers companies’ policies for child care, flexibility, advancement, and paid family leave. Earlier this year, Working Mother magazine, with Flex-Time Lawyers, named Finnegan one of the “50 Best Law firms for Women.” This is the 28th year Working Mother has recognized organizations for their initiatives.

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 15 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 

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 14, 2014. Application forms are available in Microsoft Word and PDF format.