Legal Intern

University of Southampton - Technology Transfer & Legal Advice

Location:  Highfield Campus

Salary:   £20,046 Per annum

Full Time Fixed Term up to 12 months

Closing Date:   Tuesday 25 October 2016

Interview Date:   Wednesday 09 November 2016

Reference:  785916TW

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) delivers a range of services, which support academic, and research staff at the University of Southampton fulfil their research and enterprise objectives. This includes provision of advice on intellectual property, commercial contract negotiation, company formation, regulatory compliance and the development of policies applicable to research and enterprise.

The Internship will be for a period of up to 12 months. This post is to give an opportunity for a graduate seeking a career in the law with valuable work experience under the guidance of the Head of IP, Contracts & Policy who is also a qualified lawyer. Mentorship will also be provided from experienced members of the team, which include; contracts specialists, IP manager and technology transfer managers. This will provide you with the opportunity to develop your personal and legal skills in a commercially facing team with a specialty focus in supporting the innovation and exploitation of University research. 

During the Internship, you will undertake a number of selected projects, which may include legal research, development of guidance and policy, and supporting on contract and licensing negotiations. 

This role would be ideally suited to you if you have an interest in intellectual property and innovation and are looking for relevant work experience prior to commencing your training contract elsewhere and/or to help enhance your CV thereby facilitating a successful application for a training contract in the future. Unfortunately, this is not a training contract and there is not a prospect of a training contract within RIS at the end of the Internship.

You will have a good degree in law or have successfully obtained another legal qualification such as the legal conversion course or legal practice course, be a self-starter and capable of setting your own work strategies on a number of different tasks, often with tight deadlines. You will have excellent written, presentation and verbal skills, with the ability to communicate at a variety of levels including senior managers. An attention to detail is important, as is an ability to apply legal reasoning in order to develop to guidance. You will need to be able to provide simple yet clear guidance on sometimes-complex legal matters and to undertake effective analysis of issues in order to provide pragmatic solutions. Some office or legal work experience is also required.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Diana Galpin, Head IP, Contracts & Policy, Research and Innovation Services – email or call 023 8059 8673

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Suzanne Stone (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 785916TW on all correspondence.

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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