2019 Experiential Internship - AbbVie 1L Patent Legal Academy Program

Lake County, IL, US
Nov 30, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
AbbVie is proud to offer highly-qualified first-year law students with an interest in patent law and diversity an exciting opportunity to join our legal department in an immersive summer internship program in our North Chicago, Lake County, Illinois headquarters for 10 weeks this summer.

Assignment Details

Interns will be substantively immersed in AbbVie's in-house patent prosecution and litigation legal team, learning about and handling real-world patent matters in close coordination with AbbVie attorneys.

Interns will have substantive exposure to a wide variety of prosecution and litigation-related tasks under the supervision of AbbVie attorneys, which may include managing a patent prosecution docket, performing opinion work, analyzing freedom-to-operate issues, drafting contracts, evaluating issues related to pharmaceutical patent litigation, observing litigation events such as hearings or depositions, and participating in strategy meetings with in-house and outside counsel. Interns will also receive support in study for the patent bar examination.

Patent law interns will partner closely with a mentor attorney who will provide ongoing guidance and professional development. They will also have an opportunity to meet AbbVie's outside prosecution and litigation counsel and participate in a variety of other valuable networking opportunities. The scholar will also provide valuable input on initiatives aimed at enhancing diversity in the legal profession as a whole.

By the end of the summer, interns will have:

  • substantive experience working for a global, pharmaceutical company in an interesting and evolving area of law,
  • an understanding of how in-house attorneys provide value to their company as trusted advisors to the business, and
  • leadership opportunities and experience building business relationships effectively.

  • Enrolled law students who will complete their first year (1L) at an ABA-accredited law school during 2018-2019
  • Must be enrolled in school the semester following your internship
  • Strong academic background; Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0/4.0 in law school or equivalent
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship (students on an F1 visa with CPT can be accommodated).
  • Demonstrated interest in diversity and inclusion in the legal profession
  • Interest in patent law; at least a bachelor's degree in science or engineering preferred
  • Ability to perform complex legal research and analysis
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and project management skills

Application Requirements:

Please provide a brief letter explaining your interest in the AbbVie 1L Patent Legal Academy Program, including as it relates to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession or greater community, an unofficial law school transcript, a current resume, and a completed cover page. If your first semester grades are not available when you apply, you may submit your application without your law school transcript and separately email it as soon as your grades become available. Undergraduate and other graduate schools transcripts are options. Preference will be given to applicants received by January 15, 2019.

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