1L Opportunities

Each year, Dentons hires talented 1L law students to join our Summer Associate Program in select offices, through fairs, resume collections and write-in/online candidates. Below is more information on our current programs.

1L LCLD Scholars Program

Through a partnership with Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Dentons US LLP will hire a 1L Summer Associate for our 2020 Summer Associate Program in our Chicago Office.

The LCLD 1L Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. This program gives students with strong academic performance and leadership potential the opportunity to work side by side with lawyers and other legal specialists in organizations.

The Dentons LCLD 1L Scholar will be part of a robust summer program that provides the opportunity to work side-by-side with some of the world’s most talented lawyers on real client matters. Additionally, the LCLD 1L Scholars Program also includes a retreat for all participating scholars and the chance to participate in the LCLD’s Law School Mentor Program, in which students are paired with a LCLD Fellow who will mentor them through bar passage.

The ideal candidate will have a combination of strong academic performance, superior interpersonal skills, attention to detail and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ideal candidates will also have excellent judgment and a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusiveness.

Applicants for our Chicago LCLD Scholars program have now closed. Check back in 2021 for future opportunities.

Patent Prosecution 1L Program

Dentons US LLP Patent Prosecution practice is recruiting 1L Summer Associates for our 2020 Summer Associate Program in our San Francisco and/or Silicon Valley office(s).

1L Patent Prosecution Summer Associates are integrated into our multi-office team and work side-by-side with some of the world’s most talented lawyers on real matters for real clients. In addition to work assignments on cutting edge technology, the summer program includes a mentorship program and training sessions specifically designed for young lawyers. Join our team to gain invaluable career development and experience in a domestic and foreign prosecution practice, learning how to draft patent applications and responses to office actions, among other valuable skills.

While we do require candidates to qualify to sit for the patent bar by having a degree in computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or an equivalent area, we do not necessarily value any one discipline over another. Instead, what we value most is that a candidate truly love technology.

Interested applicants can click  here to submit an application for consideration. All applications should include a resume and cover letter; when available, please also include a fall semester law school transcript.  

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