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.


“It is a great pleasure to work under the tutelage of engaging, supportive mentors alongside a collaborative cohort of peers.”

Bonnie Choi, Science Law Clerk

Bonnie Choi

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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14 Offices, One Firm


100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
United States

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50-60 Station Road
Cambridge CB1 2JH

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Taunustor 1
60310 Frankfurt am Main

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Hong Kong

38/F Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark
Central, Hong Kong

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100 Cheapside
London EC2V 6DY
United Kingdom

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Los Angeles

601 South Figueroa Street
Suite 4100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States

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40 Avenue Monterey

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Max-Joseph-Straße 2
Munich 80333

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New York

The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
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12 rue d’Astorg
75008 Paris

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San Francisco

Three Embarcadero Center
28th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Santa Monica

520 Broadway Suite #500
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Silicon Valley

601 Marshall Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Washington, DC

1900 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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