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Our graduate scheme

Each year we recruit a group of outstanding graduates, around our various international locations, to train as Registered Patent Attorneys or Registered Trade Mark Attorneys.

Our trainees are given all the support needed to meet the examination standards of the UK, European or relevant international qualifications. We combine extensive in-house resources with external learning, to help our trainees acquire and maintain the highest standards of technical and commercial expertise, throughout their careers. Trainees also benefit from mentoring and supervision from highly experienced and knowledgeable attorneys, who share our commitment to training and developing our people.

UK Training Academy – a unique training experience

In the UK, we run our own structured in-house Training Academy to support our trainees through the qualification process.

The Training Academy is a comprehensive educational programme consisting of lectures, online learning modules and exam preparation courses. The lectures and modules are primarily delivered by qualified attorneys and solicitors from our extensive network, supplemented by attendance on external courses.

In addition to providing the necessary education, the Training Academy aims to provide a sense of community amongst the trainees by running regular ‘Away Days’ at our offices around the UK. The ‘Away Days’ are face-to-face group study days focussing on general business skills such as business development and communication. They also include a social event and enable our trainees to develop a supportive peer group network.

In the words of two of our trainees:

"The support and training offered to me at M&C has been excellent. I have been able to develop a real depth of knowledge and practice. Support has come from the Training Academy, my supervisors, and my peers. The ‘Away Days’ have helped us to develop a really helpful network, and provide the opportunity to meet partners and senior attorneys across the Marks & Clerk network."

"The Training Academy has provided me with fantastic support in my first 18 months with the firm. I’ve gained insight and knowledge from the qualified attorneys, who have been through the study and examinations required for qualification. I enjoy catching-up with other trainees at the regular training events. It really helps having a peer group network so we can share ideas, encourage and support each other."

If you would like to find out more about the UK Training Academy for patents, please take a look at our patent graduate brochure. Along with details on our recruitment process, you will find information about qualifications, the Academy and our community and wellbeing initiatives. You can also contact us via graduates@marks-clerk.com.

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