Orrick is actively recruiting federal district court law clerks nationwide to join our dynamic Intellectual Property Litigation practice upon completion of their clerkship. Judicial clerks joining Orrick directly from a clerkship on a federal court, the highest court in any state, or the District of Columbia receive a significant bonus, reflecting the value Orrick places on the clerkship experience. Orrick also provides both compensation and seniority credit for time spent clerking (including for multiple clerkships).
Qualified candidates will have two to six years of prior law firm experience in intellectual property and/or patent litigation. Candidates must have excellent research and writing skills, ability to work independently and possess strong advocacy ability. Strong academic credentials along with entrepreneurial drive, initiative, grit, and a strong work ethic are required. We value collegiality and diversity among our lawyers and seek to make the practice both professionally and personally rewarding. A bachelor’s or higher degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent is preferred. Admission to the State Bar of your office location is required.
Successful candidates may join any of Orrick’s U.S. offices. The majority of our U.S. Intellectual Property team is based in our Southern California, Bay Area, and East Coast offices.
Leading innovators turn to Orrick’s patent litigators for their most challenging cases. We have a formidable record in competitor versus competitor cases. And we’ve prevailed against the most aggressive patent assertion entities. We have a winning record in the toughest arenas, from the Eastern District of Texas and the Northern District of California to the International Trade Commission (ITC). And we’ve handled more than 100 inter partes review proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Based on these results, The American Lawyer named us one of the top IP practices in its “Litigation Department of the Year” contest.
We are not accepting recruiter/search firm submissions for this role, and we do not accept recruiter/search firm submissions for candidates currently completing judicial clerkships. We encourage all judicial clerks to reach out to our recruiting team directly to discuss potential employment opportunities with Orrick.
For the seventh year in a row, Orrick is one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, the annual list that recognizes companies with extraordinary workplace cultures.
We bring distinctive quality, diverse teams and innovation to everything we do. At our core, we value collegiality among our lawyers and strive to make our practices both professionally and personally rewarding. We’ll help you to connect with peers and mentors to ensure you are integrated into our client teams. Our top-notch training and mentoring programs, retreats and academies, shadowing opportunities and more are what set us apart. If you are passionate about innovative work in a dynamic environment, you’re just who we’ve been looking for.
Orrick is committed to providing a comprehensive, thoughtful total compensation package to our attorneys and staff, wherever they work.
The amount of pay offered will be determined by a number of factors, including but not limited to qualifications, relevant experience, primary work location, market data, and internal equity. Other compensation may include an annual discretionary merit bonus, which would be determined by Firm and individual performance.
We offer a full range of elective health benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurances; robust mental well-being benefits; child, family, elder, and pet care benefits; short- and long-term disability benefits; a health savings account (with applicable medical plan), flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, and a 401K program. Eligible employees will receive compensated time off through either a Paid Time Off or Flexible Time Off program (depending on position), generous Parental leave benefits, and paid holidays.
- Current experience as a judicial clerk for a minimum of one year, preferably for a federal court.
- Two to six years of prior law firm experience.
- A bachelor’s or higher degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent is preferred.
- Candidates must be highly motivated and possess excellent academic credentials along with superior writing and communication skills.
- Membership to the State Bar of the office of the state in which the candidate expects to be located is required.
- We are not accepting recruiter/search firm submissions for this role, and we do not accept recruiter/search firm submissions for candidates currently completing judicial clerkships.
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What you need to know: Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the commencement of employment. Applicants who wish to apply for a medical, religious accommodation or any other accommodation required under applicable law can do so later in the process (accommodations are not guaranteed and are decided on a case-by-case basis).
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Consistent with the SF Fair Chance Ordinance, an arrest and conviction record will not automatically disqualify a qualified applicant from consideration for employment. For attorney positions, a ‘qualified applicant’ is an individual who is a member of the State Bar of California, admitted in good standing, and is eligible to practice; or whose admission to the State Bar of California and eligibility to practice remains subject only to successful completion of the California Bar Examination.
Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.
Here are the targeted pay ranges based on a regular, full-time position in applicable Orrick office locations, including a National targeted pay range applicable to applicants who will work outside the locations described below:
Targeted Pay Range: California Major Markets* $225,000 – $370,000 | New York City $225,000 – $370,000 | National [including California Minor Markets**, Washington & Colorado] $225,000 – $370,000
* California Major Markets includes San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County
** California Minor Markets includes Sacramento
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