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”I have done things that you do not learn when you study law at university"

22 March 2018

Hannes Snellman offers thesis traineeships for students who are in their last semester of law school. It is an excellent opportunity to combine writing a theoretical essay and gaining practical work experience. Read further to learn about Jessica Tressfeldt’s experiences from her thesis traineeship at our firm.

Jessica started as a thesis trainee in our IP & Technology team in February.
I applied for a thesis traineeship because I wanted to do something more than just write my thesis for an entire semester. During my studies, I have not had the opportunity to experience what it is like to work at a business law firm, so I thought now would be the perfect opportunity. I applied to Hannes Snellman specifically because I had a good impression of the firm and since I was curious about what it was like to work here.

Jessica feels that her traineeship has been versatile and rewarding.
I would probably summarise it as an opportunity to do things that you do not learn when you study law at university. Among other things, I have assisted my colleagues in drafting agreements and in acquisition processes. In other words, I think that during the weeks I have been here, I have been able to get a pretty good picture of what "real" business law is about.

She is very pleased with her time at Hannes Snellman, both regarding the work itself and the social activities at the firm.
I have had the opportunity to help with real projects and meet clients. The best and most fun memory so far is the firm’s ski trip to Switzerland.”

Jessica has now been employed permanently through her thesis traineeship, and in August, she will start as an associate in Hannes Snellman's IP & Technology team. What tips does she have for students who are interested in applying for a traineeship at Hannes Snellman?
My tip is of course to apply if you are interested! It is fun to do something other than just sit in the library and write your thesis for a whole semester. Of course, it is a great plus that you also get valuable experience (and maybe even a job like I did)!

As a thesis trainee, you get an invaluable insight into what it is like to work at a business law firm, and you get a head start for your future career. We are continuously looking for thesis trainees for all our teams. Maybe you are our next one?

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