Patent Summer Program

Applications for the 2021 Patent Summer Program are now closed. 
We encourage you to apply next year.

As part of our continued effort to recruit, develop and retain the best and brightest attorneys, Cooley offers a patent summer program for entrepreneurial law school students who thrive at the intersection of discovery, creativity, business and law to train as associates in our patent counseling & prosecution practice. With a global patent team of more than 100 lawyers and professionals, we provide patent counsel to 1000+ companies worldwide ranging from innovative startups to industry leaders. As our practice and team continues to grow, we are committed to investing in the development of new talent.

In our Patent Summer Program, you will spend two full summers at Cooley working with sophisticated clients on their cutting-edge technologies, while being trained and mentored by our patent partners and associates. Summer associates will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of patent prosecution, as well as IP due diligence and litigation support. Candidates will be eligible to receive a $20,000 bonus upon joining the firm as a full-time associate. The 2020-2021 Patent Summer Program will be offered in our Boston, Washington, DC, Reston, Palo Alto and Seattle offices.

Requirements for the $20,000 bonus: Summer associates must join Cooley for the full duration of our summer program following the completion of both their 1L and 2L years in law school, and must receive and accept an offer of full-time employment and join the firm as a full-time first year associate or associate post-judicial clerkship.


We welcome applications from all law students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2023 at the time of application
  • Can participate in and complete Cooley's 2021 Summer Associate program
  • Must be registered as a patent agent or eligible to sit for the USPTO exam and otherwise meet the requirements for registration as a patent agent

Selection criteria

Fellows will be selected based on consideration of the following factors:

  • Undergraduate, graduate and law school academic achievement; advanced degrees are not required, but strongly preferred
  • Personal achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability

Application process

Applications must include:

  • Submission of a complete and accurate online application; only one application will be considered from each student
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Graduate program transcripts, if applicable
  • Law school transcript following the receipt of first-term grades

Please note that with the exception of the law school transcript, all of the required information must be complete and attached before the application can be submitted. Upon receipt of first term law school grades, please send a copy of your law school transcript to Laura Stanton, firmwide patent legal talent manager. 

For 1L students in the 2020-2021 academic year, applications must be received by January 15, 2021. Selected applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis to arrange for personal interviews. In the 2020-2021 application cycle, all interviews will be conducted virtually.

Please direct questions regarding the program to Laura Stanton.