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Get to Know Us | Säde Kanervisto, Law Student Trainee, Stockholm

29 May 2020

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

I really wanted to experience working in a commercial law firm before graduating from law school and was eager to apply for the position of law student trainee that Hannes Snellman offers. The Law Student Trainee Programme is unique in Sweden, as you get to work full time for a period of four months. This is a great way to learn to know people at Hannes and get a proper insight into working in a law firm. I am very happy I got the chance to do this!

What was your first impression of Hannes Snellman?

My first impression of Hannes Snellman was that the firm was very welcoming and flexible. I have a law degree in EU law from the Netherlands, which is not very common, and I was a bit nervous about “competing” with the students attaining a Swedish law degree. When I asked the interviewers whether they had any questions about my background, I learned that the firm was actually very versatile and different types of experiences were appreciated, and this has proven to be true.

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

My trainee period has certainly been different than expected due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as everyone is working from home. However, I have been positively surprised how well everything has worked out. I am very happy that the lawyers in my group have actively included me in different interesting matters. I miss the social part, the lunch and coffee breaks, but we have made the best of the situation by having virtual coffee breaks and making sure to chat some extra during phone calls. I am very grateful to have had the chance to get to know my colleagues; they are great people and fun to work with!

What are your top three tips for future trainees?

1. Actively ask if you can help – I have noticed that some colleagues are hesitant to delegate “boring” tasks to me, but those tasks are actually a great way to get involved in matters that would otherwise be too complex for a trainee.

2. Get to know your colleagues across the practice areas. Working is very different from studying, and here you have a chance to get a picture of what areas interest you.

3. Take advantage of all the Hannes Academies and the Legal English course. Those have been of really high quality and something that you will take with you to the future.