European Patent Office

Legal internship at the EPO in Munich (Rechtsreferendariat) (9141)


Location: Munich 

Duration: max 4 months

Application deadline: No application deadline, applications can be filed any time



The EPO offers legal internships as part of your Rechtsreferendarzeit (period of practical training between first and second state exam for law students in Germany). The legal internship takes place at the EPO in Munich.



You must

  • be a national of one of the EPO member states;
  • have successfully completed the first state examination in law (erstes Staatsexamen)
  • have a very good knowledge of one of the EPO's official languages (English, French and German) and a good knowledge of one of the others
  • be in possession of a valid passport or national identity card and produce a certificate of good conduct
  • have customer service, organisational and prioritisation skills, very good communication skills, capacity to analyse problems and find appropriate solutions, ability to work independently as well as within a team, responsibility, professionalism, flexibility and self-initiative, personal integrity, discretion and respect for confidentiality



Selection procedure

Preselected candidates will be invited to an online interview.



Please apply by completing the online application form, making sure to include the documents indicated below:

  • CV (specifying your language levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • Degree obtained on completion of the first state examination in law (erstes Staatsexamen)
  • Motivation letter

In your motivation letter, please indicate your first and second choice of EPO legal department where you would like to work

- Patent Law

- European and International Legal Affairs, PCT

- Legal and Unitary Patent Division

- Institutional and general legal matters


Please note that applications are accepted all year round for this rolling vacancy. Candidates will be contacted as soon as need arises in the relevant department.

We welcome all applications for vacant positions. We consider each on its professional merits – regardless of your nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.

Six reasons to join us
✓ Experience unique on-the-job learning
✓ Benefit from a targeted personal development plan
✓ Enjoy a tailored employment package
✓ Get mentoring and guidance
✓ Join a great multicultural community
✓ Work on global pressing challenges

Who we are
We are the patent office for Europe. We are proud to deliver high-quality patents and efficient services that foster innovation, competitiveness and economic growth.

Our vision
We will empower and motivate our staff to set worldwide standards in intellectual property. Our Office will be effective and transparent, respond to the needs of our users and be agile in managing the changing demands and conditions of a dynamic global patent system. Our work will contribute to a safer, smarter and more sustainable world.

Our values
All our relationships within our Office and with partners around the world will prosper through trust, fairness, mutual respect, adaptability, collaboration and a commitment to excellence.

Our work environment
We believe that diversity is fundamental to our success. Our inclusive work environment respects, values and celebrates our individual differences. We want you to be yourself at work. Join us on this exciting journey to a more digital, collaborative and sustainable organisation.

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