The programme, which was launched in 2015, saw over 100 applicants for the three day event – double last year.
Appleyard Lees HR manager Yvonne Sanderson, wanted to offer an alternative to the traditional interview process and to raise awareness of patent and trade mark law amongst graduates.
The 18 candidates who were successful in the selection process this year spent three days in the company’s Manchester, Leeds and Halifax offices, working alongside patent and trade mark attorneys and being given real tasks to complete.
Yvonne said: “For far too long law firms have stuck to a very traditional interview process, which can never give them a true appreciation of the candidate’s abilities or potential.
"After the success of last year’s programme we are again investing time and resources into running our work placement programme because we know it works and really does give graduates a far more three dimensional and thorough insight into our work.”
Feedback from the candidates was overwhelmingly positive, praising the firm for “the opportunity to speak and work with partners and to receive guidance from them in such a generous manner” and “giving me a fantastic introduction into many aspects of patent work. The chance to meet IP professionals as well as other candidates, and the structured exercises we were given, supervised by experienced attorneys, was a great grounding to have.”
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