While it is great if you can demonstrate experience in a position of responsibility (paid or voluntary), work experience is not essential. But we do want to see how you have made good use of your time, so if you haven’t worked, let us know what else you’ve been involved with outside of your studies.
When and where will the interviews take place?
Due to the current global situation the first round interview will take place remotely. We understand that you might want to see where you will be working and if you progress to a second round interview this can be conducted in our London office (Broadgate Tower) as the office is fully Covid secure. However this will only be on the basis that you are comfortable travelling to the London office. There is no expectation that you should come to the London office and we are fully set up to conduct interviews remotely. Our aim is to be as flexible as possible and for our candidates to be as comfortable as possible during these unprecedented times whilst interviewing with us. We interview on an ongoing basis, depending on candidate and team availability and cover reasonable travel expenses (public transport).
I don’t see a position in my field, can I apply speculatively?
We would be delighted to hear from you. Please follow the instructions on sending your speculative application on our careers page.
I already have a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, will I need to do it again?
No, providing you are exempt from the PEB Foundation Examinations.
Which team will I join?
Depending on your degree specialism, you will join one of our two patent practice groups- either Chemistry and Life Sciences or IT and Engineering. Find out more about our Practice Groups.
What qualifications does GJE look for?
The degree subject will depend on the position and team, but as a minimum, we would expect a 2:1 or a 1st class first degree and strong A levels & GCSEs (mainly As & A*s).
Where will the Certificate in Intellectual Property course take place?
The course takes place at Queen Mary, University of London (Lincoln’s Inn Fields campus).
What support will I get for the Certificate in Intellectual Property course?
The firm provides paid study leave for attendance of all lectures and for the days of the examinations. Lectures usually run in the mornings and you will be expected to come to work on at least two afternoons per week to maintain the practical side of your training.
What support will I get for the British and European exams?
Our on-the-job training will go a long way to preparing you for these exams, but we also provide internal seminars from our qualified associates to help in your studies. We will also pay for all the books you need and pay for you to attend courses aimed at preparing you for these exams. We also provide paid study leave for you to attend these courses and have some independent study time.
How long does it take to become an Associate?
Usually approximately 4-5 years is required to become qualified, at which point you will be eligible for the Associate position.