Job Posting: Law Student position in the Office of Innovation

Position Type

Summer, Part-Time Description

The McGill University Office of Innovation and Partnerships is looking for a law student to assist in the maintenance of McGill University’s intellectual property portfolio and the analysis of agreements of different types. This is a unique opportunity for any student interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property or business law. You will learn the formalities of patent prosecution across various jurisdictions, as well as become familiar with the terms and structure of different types of agreements. No scientific background is necessary, and training will be provided.

Job Duties:

  • Researching legal issues related to intellectual property law around the world
  • Reconstructing patent families and verifying the chain of title
  • Searching through patent office documents to determine the status of patent applications
  • Reviewing patent office documents and helping to update our patent docket
  • Reviewing existing agreements in relation to IP matters to determine the structure of licensing terms, their current status, and make recommendations regarding actions that should be taken
  • Working with and maintaining our database
  • Performing tests on the database and its datasets
  • Other projects will vary depending on student’s educational background and interests. If you have a particular interest for patents, copyright, database maintenance, contract law or any other related subjects the OIP will use you knowledge on a variety of projects that maximize your skills and interests.

Desired Skills- Required:

  • Must have already complete a Bachelor’s degree program and currently be enrolled in a McGill University BCL/LLB program (position open to all years). 
  • Previous work experience
  • Personal qualities: Strong work ethic, good time management, highly detail-oriented, enthusiastic, intellectually curious, creative problem-solving skills and ability to work autonomously
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
  • Ability to keep information confidential
  • Interest in intellectual property and agreements

Desired Skills -Considered an Asset: 

  • Bilingualism (French and English). Any other languages are also an asset
  • Have taken previous courses in intellectual property and agreements (Useful courses include: Contractual Obligations, Intellectual Property, Copyright in the Digital Age, Business Associations, Corporate Finance)
  • Undergraduate degree in the sciences or engineering
  • Any previous experience working with databases
  • Legal clinic experience

Hours of work: Flexible, but students must commit to working a minimum of 6 hours a week during the school year and a minimum of 25 hours a week during the summer. The position begins in March and extends into the summer, with a possibility of continuing into the fall semester.




Qualification for the Work-Study Program is an asset, but not a requirement


Apply by March 6th through McGill’s myfuture portal –

This content has been updated on March 3, 2020 at 13:15.