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Get to Know Us | Markus Nilsson, Law Student Trainee, Finance & Restructuring, Stockholm

31 May 2022

How did you end up as a law student trainee at Hannes Snellman?

Last fall I had the opportunity to visit Hannes Snellman and attend a lecture as part of the advanced course I had enrolled in. I got to meet and talk with several employees, and those interactions shaped my impression of Hannes Snellman as a good workplace. During this visit, I learned that they had a position in which a law student worked full-time during the equivalent time of a studies semester — a concept I had barely seen elsewhere. At the time my exchange studies had just been postponed due to the pandemic, like for many others, but I had already set my mind on taking a short break from my law studies. I then saw the opportunity to do something different during the spring. Hence, I applied, and an interview later with some short deliberation, I signed.

 

What was the best and what was the most challenging part of working as a trainee?

The best thing about working as a trainee was getting to meet many new people, many of whom had newly graduated, and getting a feel for being a part of an established law firm. I got to work with numerous projects as well as giving general advice to clients.  Furthermore, I feel that my involvement within matters has had a real impact on the final outcome, which has given my work a sense of significance and thus, relevance. Because of this, I feel that I have gotten a good insight into what it would be like working at a law firm after graduation.

The most challenging part has been having to translate knowledge acquired during law studies, into real tasks, and then learning some more. I worked within the Finance & Restructuring team and found myself dealing with questions within an area of law I perhaps knew less about compared to other areas of law. This resulted in me learning a lot during my work, but it was every so often a challenge.

 

What advice would you give yourself on your first day at law school and your first day working at a law firm?

Everything will work out. No need to sit there nervously at your first lecture with your legal pad thinking everyone is smarter than you are. The fact is that no one has a clue of what they are doing, everyone is as lost as you are, and some people are just overly confident. For my first day working at a law firm, I would say: be yourself, but perhaps 10 percent more energetic and charismatic. Everything else you will learn as you go. And people like to help out more than you think.

 

How would you describe the culture at Hannes Snellman?

I would describe the culture at Hannes Snellman as welcoming, helpful, and social. Based on my experience, the culture is very easy-going, which can be useful when working with challenging work assignments.

 

Favourite | Way of Commuting? Fastest way possible. As of now, that is by train. Book Världen av igår: En europés minnen - Zweig. Lunch Any Indian food. Podcast When We Were Kings. Work Equipment Coffee ;). Afternoon Routine Watching the 3 p.m. Premier League kick-off on Saturdays. Mobile Application Spotify. Relaxation Method Taking a walk and listening to music. Work Outfit Suit with no tie. Power Song Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner. Social Media Channel Twitter. Drink Espresso martini. Weekday Saturday. Leisure Activity Playing sports — mostly football and padel, but I am usually up for anything!

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