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Get to Know Us | Sandra Aljassani, Law Student Trainee, Dispute Resolution, Stockholm

31 May 2021

Sandra Aljassani works as a law student trainee at Hannes Snellman’s Stockholm office. Sandra started her law studies at Uppsala University in August 2017. Below, Sandra shares some of her experiences of working at a law firm as a student. 

You work as a law student trainee in our Dispute Resolution Team. What kind of matters have you been working on lately?

I have worked on many exciting matters during my time at Hannes Snellman. For example, I have done legal investigations, drafted court submissions, participated in meetings, contacted authorities and courts, translated different types of documents, prepared responses to clients, etc. In other words, there have been different types of tasks with varying complexity. This opportunity has surely been greatly educative, and I do recommend law students to apply to this trainee programme to gain experience. Since this position is a full-time traineeship, you will get more involved in the work and you get an insight into what it is like to work at a law firm.

What do you like most about your job?

The breadth and variety of matters is what I appreciate most about working in the Dispute Resolution Team, as each matter is different from the other. Assisting in different legal matters together with the Dispute Resolution Team has been rewarding. In addition, I enjoy the complexity that arises in certain matters. These can be challenging sometimes but useful in order to evolve professionally. Finally, I appreciate the colleagues I have had the opportunity of getting to know; it has been instructive to work with them.  

How would you describe Hannes Snellman’s culture?

A friendly law firm with a welcoming atmosphere.

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

The advice I would give myself on the first day at law school is to set high academic standards and model them yourself. Furthermore, do not forget to socialise, and get to know a wide range of people. And the most important, as cliché as it sounds, enjoy your time as a student. Every phase of life has its own charm, so do not take it for granted.  

The advice I would give myself on the first day of working at a law firm is to take initiative and to not underestimate the power of effective time management.  

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