Diversity Patent Internship Program

Casimir Jones Diversity Patent Internship Program

Casimir Jones is proud to sponsor a patent internship program for diverse law school students and 2020 graduates who have an interest in patent law.

Program Overview

Casimir Jones is a boutique life sciences patent law firm located in Madison, WI, with a satellite office in Raleigh, NC.  Our clients range from large corporations to universities to start-up companies. We believe that diversity, including differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities and religious or political beliefs, increases the value of our firm by allowing us to deliver innovative patent services from various points of view to our clients. We are committed to increasing the number of diverse entrants with an interest in the field of patent law. Our interns will gain valuable experience in a wide variety of patent prosecution and litigation-related tasks under the supervision of Casimir Jones attorneys.  Responsibilities may include managing a patent prosecution docket, performing opinion work, analyzing freedom-to-operate issues, drafting patent applications and responses to Office Actions and performing other patent prosecution-related tasks, evaluating issues related to patent litigation and participating in strategy meetings between Casimir Jones attorneys and its clients.  Each intern will partner closely with a mentor attorney who will provide ongoing guidance and professional development. The internship will last eight (8) weeks and will begin on June 1, 2021. Interns will work part-time, approximately 24 hours per week, and earn $25/hour. Interns will not be provided benefits.   In-person or remote work arrangements will be determined at the beginning of the internship period and adjustments made as necessary.   


Candidates must be in good standing as a first, second or third year law student at an ABA accredited law school or a 2020 law school graduate; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion through their involvements in law school or other community efforts and initiatives; may include being a member of a racial/ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, or identifying as a person with disabilities, openly LGBTQ+, and/or a military veteran. From an educational perspective, a candidate should have a Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. degree in one or more of the following disciplines: agriculture, biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, botany, cellular biology, developmental biology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, organic or medicinal chemistry, an M.D. degree in medicine or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. 

Application Process

Applications for the 2021 Diversity Patent Internship are currently being accepted through March 30, 2021.  Candidates must submit a completed application form and directed personal statement, in addition to their resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official or unofficial), and a legal writing sample.  Finalists will be asked to submit their law school grades or transcript.  Only complete applications will be considered.  Please see the application form for further instructions and submission information.

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