Private practices are already starting to look for 2017 graduates in a number of scientific fields. If you're looking to secure a Trainee Patent Attorney role next year, then it makes sense to get a head start on your competition.
If your degree or PhD includes electronics, software, mechanical engineering or physics related subject matter, then the sooner you start the better.
Using a dedicated IP recruiter can also save you time and effort whilst you concentrate on your finals...
A career in IP is not all about science: patent attorneys are an integral part of the legal sector and are specialists in IP law, so you should also possess an aptitude for structuring an argument, be persuasive, and possess a keen eye for detail.