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2020 Experiential Internship - AbbVie 1L Legal Patent Academy Program

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Join our Talent Community

As an AbbVie Experiential Intern, you'll participate in a paid, ten-week summer program that is focused on providing students with robust projects throughout the summer. As an intern, you will be located at our corporate headquarters in north suburban Chicago, with housing and shuttle services for eligible students. 


Department Overview – Patent Legal


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 for an immersive summer internship program at our North Chicago, Lake County, Illinois headquarters full-time 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 biopharmaceutical 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 to help prepare them for the patent bar examination before the USPTO.


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 should have attained:

  • substantive experience working for a global, biopharmaceutical 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 2019-2020

  • Must be enrolled in school the semester following your internship

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0/4.0 in law school or equivalent; strong academic background

  • 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 the following in your application:

  • Current resume and completed cover page

  • 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 - If your first semester grades are not available when you apply, you may submit your application without your law school transcript. As soon as your grades become available, please upload it to your application and email the documentation to Legal Resources. Undergraduate and other graduate school transcripts are optional. Application materials should be uploaded in your application through the AbbVie Career Site and e-mailed to LegalResources@abbvie.comPreference will be given to applications received by January 17, 2020.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients.  As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

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