1L Tech Law Hiring Resource Guide


On this page, Berkeley Law students can find information on BCLT sponsor law firms looking to hire 1Ls for summer 2021. We will be updating this webpage as information is received, so check back periodically. Note that some firms will be hosting online rooms where students can sign up to have 1-on-1 meetings. Firms that have scheduled one-on-ones will be listed below:

Firms will be added to the list below throughout the coming weeks.

Baker Botts
Fenwick & West
Fish & Richardson
Haynes and Boone
Kilpatrick Townsend
Knobbe Martens
Morgan Lewis
Morrison Foerster
Paul Hastings
White & Case


Baker Botts

Baker Botts is seeking 1Ls with STEM backgrounds to join our Intellectual Property department in our 2021 Summer Program. Please see the resources below to learn more about our firm, our office culture, our 2021 Baker Botts Diversity Fellowship Program, and our 2021 Baker Botts + AT&T 1L IP Fellowship Program (Dallas office).

Interested 1Ls should visit our website for additional information and to apply. If a 1L is interested in more than one opportunity and/or office, they will need to submit separate applications.

Baker Botts will also be holding video chat 1-on-1s for 1L students interested in the firm on Tuesday, January 5, from 6-8 P.M. PT. Sign up here!

Recruiting contacts by office



Information on Cooley summer 1L positions will be posted shortly.

Fenwick & West

We are hiring 1Ls for our Diversity Scholarship Program and Tax group for our Mountain View office.

1L Diversity Scholarship: Fenwick & West will offer up to five diversity scholarships for 1L students who identify with historically underrepresented group(s) in the legal profession, specifically African Americans, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ community, Pacific Islanders/Native Hawaiian or Native Americans/Native Alaskans. The recipient(s) of the 1L Diversity Scholarship will be required to spend a minimum of 8 weeks of their summer following their 1L year working as a Fenwick Summer Associate. At the end of the summer, each recipient will be eligible for a returning summer associate offer (following their 2L year), contingent upon customary work evaluations and performance feedback from the Firm.

2021 1L Tax Summer Associate: Fenwick is looking for a 1L who is interested in a career in tax law to join our Tax group for our 2021 summer program. Fenwick has one of the nation’s leading domestic and international tax practices. The tax group’s sophisticated practice serves a diverse client base ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging technology startups, based all over the United States and around the world.


The Finnegan/Corporate 1L Diversity Summer Associate Partnership provides a unique opportunity for 1L law students to gain exposure to law firm practice and corporate legal departments. The position includes a paid 2021 1L Summer Associate Position in our Atlanta, Boston, Palo Alto, or Washington, DC offices and a corporate internship with one of our clients. Students would spend the first six weeks of our summer at Finnegan, and the next four weeks at the corporate site.

We are seeking students who have a demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law and enhancing diversity in the legal profession. Students must have at least an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, engineering (biomedical, electrical, mechanical), computer science, or physics, and be patent bar eligible.

To apply, students should submit the following to laurie.taylor@finnegan.com by February 1, 2021:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts: undergraduate, graduate (if applicable), and law school (once grades are posted)
  • Writing Sample

For additional information about this program, please see the brochure linked here!



Fish & Richardson

We are hiring several 1Ls across our US offices for our patent litigation group. We may also consider 1-2 candidates for patent prosecution. Please find more information in the documents and FAQs below. Open positions are posted on our website here.

Background: Applicants should have an academic or professional background in science, engineering, math or technology, and demonstrate an interest in patent law.


Haynes and Boone

To find about Haynes and Boone, our practice areas and firm culture, and to learn about our 2021 Summer Associate Opportunities, please use this brochure.

Haynes and Boone recently completed a Nationwide 1L Panel Series! Each panel was recorded and published on our firms website so that students could view them at a later date, click here. We also have a video that highlights our firm’s IP practices (nationwide). To watch this video, click here.

We are also hosting 1-on-1 meetings where you can ask us any questions directly. We’ll be hosting these meetings on Wednesday, January 13, from 6-8 P.M. Find out more and sign up here!


Kilpatrick Townsend

Kilpatrick Townsend is seeking 1L students to be considered for our 2021 summer program.

KT Teams hiring 1L summer associates:

  • Trademark & Copyright (Atlanta, Los Angeles)
  • Patent Prosecution – Electronics & Software (Seattle, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Denver, Atlanta, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, or Washington DC)
  • Patent Prosecution – Chemistry & Life Sciences (San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Walnut Creek, Denver, Atlanta, Winston-Salem)
  • Patent Litigation (Atlanta, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, San Francisco, Silicon Valley)

Excellent academic record (top 20%) required; Law Review/Law Journal or Moot Court/Mock Trial preferred; Leadership roles in extra-curricular activities required for Rotation or Trademark & Copyright positions.

For Patent Prosecution roles, technical backgrounds in engineering and science (e.g., Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or advanced degrees in Biology, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry) are required.

  1. Law Transcript
  2. Resume
  3. If applying for a patent practice, please include copy of related undergraduate and/or graduate transcript(s).
  4. Cover letter indicating team and office location preference(s)

Apply to: https://grnh.se/2f90f9a91us


Knobbe Martens

Knobbe Martens is looking for students with hard science or engineering degrees. Those with physics, biology or chemistry type degrees should have a PhD. In particular, we are looking for students with computer science and electrical engineering degrees as well as students interested in the biotechnology and chemistry space with PhDs. Students with other technical or science degrees will be considered. We also have limited spots available for students interested in trademark prosecution and branding. We are not looking for non-technical litigators. Students interested in trademark prosecution should have a documented or demonstrated interest in trademarks and branding. That interest can be expressed in a cover letter.
See more details in our brochure here. Applications are online here.



Anita Helms
Attorney Recruiting Manager
E anita.helms@knobbe.com


Morgan Lewis

All of the below can be found on www.morganlewis.com/careers starting December 1. We ask that all students submit their application via the website to be considered.

Job Description:
Morgan Lewis, one of the world’s leading international law firms, seeks to hire two 1L patent prosecution summer associates to join our Silicon Valley office.

Morgan Lewis is a leading choice for businesses seeking protection of valuable intellectual property rights. The firm has more than 200 intellectual property professionals and technical specialists, and our Silicon Valley office is widely regarded as a leader in providing strategic patent advice to startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. One of the major focuses of our office is electrical, mechanical, and software patent prosecution. We also routinely handle complex inter parties proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Job Requirements:
Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time in an ABA-accredited law school and in good standing as a first-year law student at the time of application.
  • Have an electrical or mechanical engineering or computer science background.
  • Have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding leadership skills.

Interested students should submit the following in support of their candidacy: a cover letter, resume, law school and undergraduate transcripts, and a writing sample. If your law school transcript is not available at the time of your application, we ask that you submit your first semester transcript to our application portal and/or email the office recruiting contact once available. All candidates should submit their applications online to be considered for this position.
Morgan Lewis will also be holding video chat 1-on-1s for 1L students interested in the firm on Wednesday, December 2, from 6-8 P.M. PT. Sign up here!


Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster is seeking 1Ls with STEM backgrounds to join our Intellectual Property department in our 2021 Summer Program. Please see the resources below to learn more about our firm, our Patent Counseling + Prosecution Group, our Patent Litigation, and our Two-Summer Patent Program!

MoFo 1L Video Chat 1-on-1s:
Morrison Foerster will also be holding video chat 1-on-1s for 1L students interested in the firm on Wednesday, December 2, from 6-8 P.M. PT. Sign up here!


Paul Hastings

In addition to our general summer associate program hiring, Paul Hastings is also actively recruiting students interested in IP Litigation in our New York, Palo Alto, and Washington, D.C. offices. Our IP Incentive Bonus is available to incoming associates with the requisite undergraduate or graduate science background/degree(s) who receives and accepts a full-time associate offer following participation in the PH summer associate program. A bonus of $10,000 is paid after joining the firm as an associate. IP candidates should meet the hiring criteria for the office in which they are interested.

  • New York – Seeking candidates with an undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in either the life or physical sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, biochemistry, engineering or similar). Students with outstanding academic credentials, superior writing skills and scientific or engineering degree or demonstrated competency are preferred.
  • Palo Alto – Seeking candidates with a demonstrated interest in litigation and intellectual property. Students with outstanding academic credentials, superior writing skills, technical work experience, and strong ties to the Bay Area are preferred. A technical degree (electrical engineering or computer science) is not required, but is of interest.
  • Washington D.C. – Seeking candidates with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science. Students with outstanding academic credentials, superior writing skills, and technical work experience are preferred.

Samantha Rhoden
Recruiting Coordinator
E samantharhoden@paulhastings.com


White & Case

Our Intellectual Property lawyers deliver decades of experience and expertise to technology-savvy clients worldwide. For our 1L Intellectual Property Litigation Fellowship program, we are looking for globally minded law students with the same passion for life sciences and technology that we have and the same desire to serve clients on complex cross-border matters around the world.

Fellowship description:
As a 1L Intellectual Property Litigation Fellow, you will participate in our Summer Program in our Boston, New York or Silicon Valley office. You will participate in all aspects of the Summer Program, including our training sessions, the US Summer Associate Conference in New York, ongoing mentorship opportunities, networking with our lawyers and social events. You will gain valuable insight into what we do and what it means to practice IP Litigation at the Firm. We know that timely and meaningful feedback is important to your professional growth, and you will receive feedback regarding your work over the course of the summer.

Successful 1L Fellows will be invited back for their 2L summer.

Selection process:
The selection process is highly competitive, and a successful candidate will possess:

  • Strong academic credentials
  • Enthusiasm for IP Litigation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • A technical background or STEM degree
  • Interest in pursuing a career in IP Litigation at a global law firm

Application process:
Applications will be accepted from 1L law students beginning on December 1, 2020 and will be considered on a rolling basis through December 31, 2020. To apply for this fellowship, please submit the following materials online at whitecase.com/usgraduates. Please email the local recruiter with questions.

Application must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • First-year law school transcript (when available)
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • A personal statement (no more than 1,000 words) that indicates your interest in pursuing a career in IP Litigation


Tyla Murphy
Americas Legal Recruiting Coordinator
E tyla.murphy@whitecase.com

New York
Benson Lee
Americas Legal Recruiting Manager
E benson.lee@whitecase.com

Silicon Valley
Lorie Ball
West Coast Legal Recruiting Manager
E lorie.ball@whitecase.com

More firms may be added over the coming days. For questions, please email BCLT Assistant Director, Matthew Ray, at matthewray@berkeley.edu.