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Get to Know Us | Jonathan Tillander, Law Student Trainee, Stockholm

8 December 2019

What was your first impression of Hannes Snellman?

I actually had my first impression of Hannes Snellman in the autumn of 2017 during the pre-exam quiz held for students in the second semester at Stockholm University. I and my co-students had a great time along with the associates who attended the event at the time, so when I realised I was eligible for the Law Student Trainee Programme, the choice of applying was an obvious one.

Tell us a little bit about your time here as a trainee.

It has been fantastic. Although every little thing is new and even the simplest of things may take an unreasonable amount of time, there is always someone to back you up and help you out no matter what. I would even go so far as to say that the biggest pro of having been here would be to have met all the people and to have been able to take part in such a wide variety of social events.

I often spend Monday and Wednesday mornings playing padel and floorball with groups of people from the office, and on Fridays, we tend to grab some drinks together in the afternoon to wind down after successfully getting through the week. I have found these events to be a perfect way of meeting and spending time with people outside of the group in which I have been working and all of this has been an absolute joy to take part in. This will also make you look good from the perspective the firm’s visions and values.

Last but not least, I also have to mention the experience of being able to leave school for a semester and come here and get a taste of reality. Few things I have seen and done here are really taught at university, which I find to be a reason why more law firms should catch on to the concept of providing students with the option of gaining practical experience prior to their graduation. Practical experience to be an integrated part of the programme, perhaps?

What are your top 3 trainee tips?

1. Stay on your toes. Ask your co-workers if there are things you can assist them with. In general, the people around me have been good at providing me with work to do. However, when they get seriously busy, focus tends to go away from sharing their burden. Even though there are people responsible for keeping you busy and helping you learn on the job (you get assigned a mentor), you can make their life easier by making it clear to them whenever you are available to help out. You are also not bound to your mentor, so feel free to ask anyone of your colleagues if there are things for you to help out with.

2. Socialise. There are plenty of activities offered outside of office hours for those who are interested. It is a perfect way to get to know people outside of the group with which you work every day. Also, do not be afraid of intruding on other groups.
There is rarely such a thing here as social intrusion, so make yourself at home.

3. Do not be afraid to speak your mind. You are an integral part in making the trainee programme the best it can be for yourself and for students to come. If there is something that you are missing, ask for it. If there are things that could be handled better, let it be known. Good intentions and a touch of humility will take you far.

Good luck!

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