Erik K. Sivertson
Post-College, Law School
Type of Programs
Internship, Mentorship, Classroom
The Dority & Uber Diverse Scholars Program is designed to provide historically underrepresented 1L students with an opportunity for unique exposure to the field of intellectual property law. The program provides insight into two key roles within the IP field: In-house counsel (Uber) and private practice (Dority & Manning). Through intentional programming including hands-on training, engaging lectures and discussions, and fun events, students will have the opportunity to build relationships and gain practical experience.
Template or Direct Join
Small Team Friendly
High team involvement yields better results. Two mentors are required for daily/weekly collaboration.
40 hrs/week for intern; 2-8 hrs/week per mentor min (depending on in-house or OC role)
Budget to compensate law students
One primary goal of the Uber-Dority Diverse Scholars Program is to provide insight into two key roles within the IP field: in-house counsel and private legal practice. To help accomplish this goal, the participant is provided two (2) mentors during the course of the internship. The participant is provided with an in-house counsel mentor at Uber and an outside counsel mentor at Dority. The mentors work together to introduce the participant to the members of Uber’s in-house counsel team and the individuals at Dority, while also helping to answer any questions regarding in-house and outside counsel roles.
Additionally, the participant is provided with a diverse workload to help expose them to the responsibilities of in-house and outside counsel. The participant is given assignments from both Uber’s in-house counsel team as well as the attorneys at Dority. The participant’s mentors work together to coordinate the participant’s workload to ensure the participant is able to complete their assignments in a meaningful and timely manner. Historically, the participant has been asked to present their findings/work for at least one assignment to the in-house counsel team.
The Uber-Dority Diverse Scholars Program is structured to ensure an efficient onboarding process for the participant while also providing flexibility for its corporate sponsor – Uber. To help accomplish this goal, the participant is employed by Dority as an intern and all HR/IT functions (e.g., payroll, computing equipment, etc.) are provided by Dority. To the extent any of these resources may be provided by Uber, the program POCs would discuss well in advance of the program start date to allow Uber’s POCs sufficient time to acquire any needed resources.
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