Science Advisor

For qualified scientists looking for the opportunity to pursue an interesting and challenging career path that combines science, business and the law, Goodwin has the answer.

Our Science Advisor program is an integral part of our Intellectual Property practice and our Technology Companies and Life Sciences practice. Having in-house experts with deep technical and scientific knowledge who can advise on client matters provides added value by helping us get to the best solution for our clients faster and more effectively.

Science advisors collaborate and consult with attorneys on legal opinions relating to patents surrounding products of concern to our clients. They also consult on comprehensive and focused science and engineering matters, draft and prosecute patent applications with the USPTO, prepare and deliver presentations on issues that intersect with science and patent law, perform freedom to operate, patentability and prior art searches, and assist attorneys with due diligence projects.

Science advisors are expected to maintain up-to-date knowledge and awareness of current patent issues, USPTO prosecution procedures, important court decisions, searching resources and searching techniques. They also develop, implement, monitor and update awareness on changes in pharmaceutical litigation activity, expiring patents and issuing patent applications, and research expert scientific witnesses for litigation cases and opinions.


“I feel very lucky to be part of this program, not only because the work is rewarding, but because of the motivated and supportive community here.”

Beth Ashbridge, Science Advisor/Law Clerk, Litigation Department

Beth Ashbridge

Program Highlights

Patent Bar Exam

Science advisors receive reimbursement for costs and expenses associated with taking the Patent Bar exam. Science advisors also receive eight days of paid leave to study for and take the exam.

LSAT Preparation

The firm reimburses science advisors for the cost of an LSAT preparation course.

Law School Tuition

Science advisors interested in attending law school are eligible to apply for law school tuition and books reimbursement while they are employed by the firm.


Science advisors are eligible for a discretionary performance-based bonus, which is based on quality of work and the number of billable hours worked.

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Alexandra MacKenzie

Legal Recruitment Coordinator
Professional Staff