Why Choose Us

We welcome experienced lawyers from a range of backgrounds and practice areas who want to further their careers at a leading law firm. It’s a place where individuals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences work together in a spirit of openness and collaboration. Our deeply rooted culture of teamwork means that you’ll have an opportunity to work with partners and fellow lawyers across the globe, handling innovative matters for multinational conglomerates, private equity firms, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, financial institutions, mutual funds, and hospital systems, among other clients and industries. You’ll also have access to hundreds of training programs each year, including practice-specific training in response to current legal developments, cohort retreats, and management and leadership conferences. 

Supercharge your Career

We are committed to helping you reach your fullest potential by providing all the skills, support and experiences you will need for the practice of law. Additionally, we’ve created a number of programs and benefits to help support our lawyers balance work and their life commitments. 

Our practice groups work with a network of associate development managers (ADMs) whose singular aim is ensuring the success of each and every lawyer. ADMs work with associate development partners to help associates manage work assignments, respond to growth opportunities, and build their networks within their practice groups and the firm. Additionally, on day one, your ADM will work with you to ensure that you are integrated into the practice group not only in your respective office, but across the firm.

We understand that there are times in everyone’s career where flexible scheduling is needed, so we’re committed to helping our lawyers achieve professional success while also providing flexibility. Our Flex program allows our lawyers to benefit from flexible work arrangements to meet their—and the firm’s—needs.

As an international law firm, we encourage our lawyers to maintain a global mindset and seek to understand how cultural differences can inform client decisions. To help them develop this perspective, our GO (Global Opportunities) Program gives our lawyers a chance to immerse themselves in a new culture or city by working in one of our 11 offices worldwide on a temporary or permanent basis. 

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During the course of their career, many of our lawyers work in-house at a client’s offices, gaining a unique, firsthand view of the client’s business needs and perspectives. These experiences enhance our lawyers’ development, and help them develop skills and experience that enable them to be successful both while working at the client and when they return to the firm.

The career associate track was designed to allow those who want to continue working on cutting-edge matters at a leading law firm the ability to do so without being on partnership track and with a lower billable-hours target. Depending on the needs of the practice group, it may be possible for lawyers to be promoted to a higher level as a career associate, or to move between the career program and the partnership track.
We value the unique perspective, skills and experience you gained as a law clerk. For those who join us, we offer a competitive market bonus, as well as top-notch training opportunities.
 
As a lateral, I’ve personally experienced how great of a job that the firm does with integrating its laterals. I had frequent check-ins during my first six months at the firm to make sure that I was integrating. People were always welcoming to show me the ropes at Ropes, and not once did I feel as if I were an outsider.”
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Interested in Becoming a Technical Advisor?

Our technical advisors play a critical role in the firm’s intellectual property litigation and transaction practices. Should you join us, you’ll have an opportunity to assist with developing materials for proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, conducting patentability and freedom to operate analyses, assisting with due diligence in connection with a wide range of transactions, including public offerings, merges and acquisitions and private equity and venture investments. 

As a technical advisor, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Aid lawyers in developing arguments and preparing petitions and other materials for proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Assist in preparing materials for use in connections with proceedings before the European Patent Office
  • Work with lawyers in technical matters relating to our practice, including litigation, counseling and licensing
  • Assist in preparing opinions
  • Conduct patentability and freedom to operate analyses
  • Work with lawyers in due diligence in connection with a wide range of transactions

After two years of full-time employment as a technical advisor, there is an option to enter law school and continue working at the firm. All technical advisors/law students are eligible to receive full law school tuition payments as well as reimbursement for expenses related to the Patent Bar exam. A bonus will be paid to any technical advisor who receives a partial or full scholarship to law school. At the completion of law school, technical advisors in good standing at the firm and who have done well in law school will be considered for employment as a full-time associate.

We offer a competitive salary, medical benefits and a generous amount of vacation time per calendar year.

DEFINE YOUR JOURNEY

Given the rich and varied scope of our practices, we’re able to offer technical advisor roles in two distinct disciplines: engineering and life sciences. Technical advisors in both disciplines work out of our Boston and New York offices, with those specializing in engineering in our Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. offices.

Technical Advisors with Engineering Degrees

  • Preferred degrees: Electrical engineering computer engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering. Students/graduates at the B.S. – Ph.D. levels are eligible.
  • Offices hiring: Boston, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.

Technical Advisors for Life Sciences

  • Preferred degrees: Biology and chemistry Ph.D. with a background in synthetic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, immunology, pharmacology, neurobiology, molecular biology, cellular biology and/or biochemistry.
  • Offices hiring: Boston and New York

How to Apply

We accept applications from September 1 – December 1 from students scheduled to graduate the following May.

We actively recruit students from the top engineering, technical and research universities and colleges across the country, including UC Berkeley, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Illinois, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UT Austin and USC. We encourage all qualified candidates from all engineering and technical universities and colleges to apply.

Please note: The firm does not accept submissions from legal search firms or other recruiters for technical advisor positions.