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1L IP DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

A global law firm with a distinguished heritage, Baker Botts is a leader in the field of Intellectual Property law. We seek exceptional law students who possess technical degrees or backgrounds to join us and contribute to the continued growth and success of our firm. With over 200 lawyers and patent professionals — who together hold 240 technical degrees — Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property legal team offers the strength and depth needed to provide sophisticated advice and counseling on a truly international scale.

The Baker Botts/Abbott 1L IP Diversity Fellowship will be awarded to a talented first-year law student interested in pursuing a long-term career in Intellectual Property Law. Our fellowship provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a large, global law firm and in the legal department of one of the top medical device and healthcare companies. The IP Diversity Fellow will participate in the firm’s 2023 Summer Program in Palo Alto or San Francisco, spending time both at the firm and with Abbott in their Alameda office. During this time, the IP Diversity Fellow will receive hands-on experience working directly on Abbott matters both in-house and with outside counsel providing a unique 360 degree view of legal services for Abbott. The IP Diversity Fellow will have the benefit of mentors both at the firm and with Abbott.

At Baker Botts, we are committed to the recruitment, retention, and development of exceptional attorneys and law students. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives and the integral role they play in the continued growth and success of our firm. The Baker Botts/Abbott 1L IP Diversity Fellowship is one of our many diversity programs aimed at promoting diversity here at our firm and in the legal profession.

Application Materials

  • Complete Online Application (Beginning November 2022)
  • Resume
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript (an unofficial transcript may be submitted until an official transcript can be provided)
  • Official Law School Transcript (an unofficial transcript may be submitted until an official transcript can be provided)
  • Personal Statement: Please discuss your commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession or obstacles you have overcome in pursuing a legal career (500 words or less)

Selection Criteria

  • Academic Achievement
  • Demonstrated Leadership Attributes
  • Technical Background or Experience, Including a Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, or Physics, and Commitment to Pursuing a Career in Intellectual Property Law
  • Patent Bar Eligibility
  • Interest in Practicing Law in the Bay Area
  • Long-term Interest in Practicing Law in Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, or Washington, D.C.

Baker Botts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, the fellowship is open to all first-year law students currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2025, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military service, disability or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law.

Questions? Please reach out to Jenny Li, West Coast Senior Recruiting Manager, at jenny.li@bakerbotts.com.