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You will need at least 136 UCAS points from your post-16 qualifications. You will either be in the final year of your degree or have graduated. You must be predicted or have obtained at least a 2:1 degree. If you are interested in becoming a patent attorney your degree must be in a STEM subject including physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or maths. There are no academic subject matter restrictions for those considering the trade mark attorney profession. For international students, we will expect the equivalent national qualifications.

Trainee scheme application window: preferably by 31 October, but we continue to recruit throughout the year.

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After graduating, our trainee programme provides a superb first step on your road to becoming a registered patent attorney and European patent attorney or a registered trade mark attorney.

Our way of working, our bespoke training programme and our European outlook sets us apart from our competitors. We don’t pigeonhole people. Instead, we actively encourage people to work across disciplines and on multidisciplinary cases. This is initially a challenge but ultimately it will give you the broad experience to help you in the future.

You will have direct contact with clients from the start, you will be working on real cases and be working alongside partners who have a stellar reputation. The responsibility you’re given is based on your ability not how long you’ve worked in the profession. The opportunities for our trainees are enormous and we will encourage you to go beyond what you think you are capable of. Boult has a flat structure and you will have access to anyone to ask questions or share your opinion which all helps to create a collaborative working environment.

Our training programme isn’t set to a timeline. You are not on a conveyor belt with expectations that you sit and pass exams at the same time as your contemporaries. Instead, we flex the training to match your strengths, meaning you don’t have to sit the qualifying exams in a particular order or at a particular time.

Quality is at the heart of our training. Your success is our success. We offer a mixture of styles of learning including internal tutoring, soft skills sessions, a trainee buddy, a mentor and the applicable university course. When you are studying at university, your course and exam fees, materials and (where necessary) accommodation are covered by the firm and we will give you paid study leave.

You will be part of a European network. With offices in three countries, you will work alongside teams in Spain and Germany. Our clients are global so you will be working across jurisdictions, managing our client’s international objectives.

Boult cares just as much about who you are as what you do. You will be joining a supportive and tight-knit community. We want you to succeed and we will do everything we can to support you on your training programme.

All of the above will be juggled alongside our healthy social life.


Top tips for making the most of being a trainee at Boult

  1. Never be afraid to ask questions – Everyone here is so friendly and helpful. Everyone was a new starter once, so no question is too basic.
  2. Take your time – Whilst you are training the firm has very realistic expectations on what you can achieve and in how long. It is more important, to you and the firm, that you get a solid training and take the necessary time to get to grips with everything.
  3. Use the opportunity to learn and increase your knowledge – It is more important to do a few jobs very well, than try to finish every task you’re given quickly. Every time an examination report is given to you is an opportunity to look up the relevant statute and guidelines. It makes exam revision down the line a lot easier too!
  4. Make friends and contacts across the firm – Boult has a long tradition of promoting from within, and there is a remarkably low turnover of staff. So, your fellow trainees at the start of your career will be the IP specialists and the partners working alongside you one day. Knowing your colleagues well means that when you are out of your depth or need some friendly advice, you will know exactly who to ask for help.
  5. If you work in or visit the London office, enjoy the view from the kitchen!
Michael Kahan