Our two week summer placement scheme offers a first-hand opportunity for you to gain a unique insight into what it is like to work as a patent or trade mark attorney.

It is a great chance for you to kick start your career and see if Dehns is the right fit for you.

The Dehns summer scheme allowed me to gain a real understanding of what a career as a patent attorney might entail. with live case exposure right from the outset, I was able to get genuine first-hand experience of the work that the early training of a patent attorney might comprise.
Conor McLaughlin

How does it work?

The summer placement scheme will allow you to discover your potential and show us what you can bring to the firm. Candidates are paid for the duration of the scheme. At the end of the scheme you may be offered an interview for a permanent trainee position and your performance on the scheme will provide you with a significant advantage.

What can you expect?

  • To be involved with real client work from day one
  • To work alongside experienced attorneys
  • The opportunity to travel to some of the Firm’s other UK offices
  • Presentations from current attorneys on what it is like to train and qualify
  • Exposure to the kind of work you would undertake as a trainee
  • Participation in a group project
  • Networking and social events
  • To gain a broad and comprehensive view of life as a patent or trade mark attorney

Assessment & Interviews

If your application is successful, you may be invited to:

  • Complete our online assessments
  • Take part in an online interview
  • Attend a face-to-face interview


Placement Scheme dates

Our 2023 scheme will be held 26 June – 7 July 2023.



Applications for our 2023 scheme are now open.  Please click here for further information and to apply.

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