MEET OUR TRAINEES
Office Support Trainees
Our Office Support Trainees take care of practical matters involved with the daily “running” of the office, e.g. post-room, delivering mail and shipments, ordering office products, copying, filling stocks as well as catering. Read here how some of our Office Support Trainees have described their traineeships.
Knowledge Management Trainees
Our Knowledge Management Trainees assist lawyers in research and fact-finding. They also have a remarkable role supporting the Knowledge Management team in managing the library collections. Read here how some of our KM trainees describe the highlights and challenges of their traineeship.
“Learning what high quality of work means at Hannes Snellman and applying it into my everyday work has been challenging to master, but at the same time, it has been one of the most rewarding things my traineeship has offered me. I have learned how my work affects the way we serve our clients and how truly important quality, trust, and accuracy is in the field of law.”
“The best and most inspiring aspect of working at Hannes Snellman has been the trust and belief put into trainees to take part in challenging and interesting assignments. Through these intriguing challenges I’ve been able to develop both professionally and personally, and I’ve gotten experience that will surely be of value in the future, too.”
“The most challenging thing in my traineeship has been looking for answers to questions that have rarely been asked by anyone before. These tasks usually turn out to be the most interesting.”
“Learning new, succeeding in challenging tasks, and carrying out legal information searches in “burning” legal topics have been the best things my Knowledge Management traineeship has offered me. There are always challenges in complicated tasks but to me they are a positive thing and the best way to develop my personal problem solving skills.”
“The best thing in my traineeship so far has been the number of new things I learn every day. My traineeship has taught me not only valuable lessons about the current globalised legal environment we work with, but also what kind of a lawyer I want to become one day.”
Knowledge Management Trainee, Helsinki
When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I started as a KM trainee in spring 2018. I had earlier worked as a junior trainee in a smaller law firm, and I had already learned a lot there. However, I also wanted to know what it feels like working in one of the largest law firms in Finland. I have already gained a lot of experience from completely new work tasks, and I have made new friends and gotten a better understanding of the daily workings of a law firm.
What is included in a “normal” working day?
My work tasks can be roughly divided into three categories: library maintenance, regular follow up of legislative amendments, and individual investigation tasks assigned by the lawyers. In other words, my work tasks vary a lot, and my working day may consist, for example, of conducting several smaller investigations together with the rest of the KM Team. That usually involves searching for relevant judgments or articles from different databases, investigating the applicability of a certain provision, or compiling presentation materials for a seminar. On a collective level, urgent inquiries are always given priority in the KM Team, wherefore flexibility with your own work is often required. On the other hand, sometimes more time is spent on the recurring weekly tasks such as library maintenance and the follow up of legislative amendments. You also keep yourself up to date with the latest developments in the field.
Can you describe your working group?
A good team comprises different kinds of individuals who complement each other. That is exactly how we are! We support each other and go to great lengths to help each other out, and every day has its fair share of laughter and fun. I work in close cooperation with Maria Antrea, our librarian. Our workstations are situated right next to each other, which eases the communication. When dealing with a tricky task, it is handy that you can ask for help or for an opinion straight away, and you do not have to worry about being left on your own with the problem. The areas of interest of the trainees in our team happen to be relatively well spread-out, wherefore the work can usually be distributed rather easily and naturally. I have immensely enjoyed my time here in the KM Team, and my workmates are all great personalities.
What do you like about your job?
What I like the most about my job is the fact that the work tasks vary a great deal, and they relate to different areas of law – the learning experience has been extensive and meaningful. In addition, I have become better and faster in searching for information, and these skills form a good basis for working as a lawyer in the future. Work tasks come from all different teams, so I get to know all areas of law. I have received tasks from just about everybody, from the younger lawyers to the partners, which means that people trust us, and interesting and challenging inquiries keep constantly coming in. Versatile internal trainings, such as HS Academy and mentoring breakfast sessions, are an excellent way to develop yourself further. I have learnt about LinkedIn, financial statements, and personal branding, to mention but a few. The work also supports my studies. In addition to the information gained while doing the searches, I have also received valuable tips from my colleagues for both my Master’s thesis and further studies abroad.
Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
This house is full of experts in their own fields, and help has always been available when I have needed it. You can see it in people’s faces here that they really do care about what they are doing, they are ambitious and take great care in what they do, and the quality of the work is immaculate. Employees are well looked after in many ways, which has made an impression on me. I have felt that anything and everything can be discussed openly. It is also great that even as a trainee you get to participate in all different company activities, both the educational and the fun ones, right from the start, and you also get to bring up your own development ideas.
Associate Trainees’ tasks include carrying out research, gathering information and preparing draft documentation. All of our Associate Trainees work in one of our practice groups (M&A, Finance, Real Estate, Tax, Dispute Resolution, IP & Technology, Competition & Procurement or Employment). Read here how some of our Associate Trainees describe the highlights and challenges of their traineeship.
“The best part of my traineeship has been the wide variety of tasks that have landed on my desk – I never expected I would learn so much in such a short time. My team members have embraced me extremely well.”
“The welcoming atmosphere at Hannes Snellman is impressive – everyone was eager to make us new trainees feel at home and seemed genuinely happy to have us. I have also been positively surprised by the pedagogical approach here: it seems to be important to the lawyers that I know the backgrounds of my tasks and that I learn and get as much out of my traineeship as possible. I am only at the beginning of my four-month period at Hannes Snellman, but it just keeps getting more interesting and challenging by the day!”
“The best thing about being an Associate Trainee at Hannes Snellman is learning something new almost every day. It has been inspiring to have met so many talented and ambitious people who have achieved so much in life despite their young age.”
“I have been given tasks that have truly given me the chance to take responsibility and to show what I’ve learned during my studies and previous work experience.”
“Without a doubt, the best thing about my traineeship so far has been the people. Even though I love what I do and the challenges I get to face on a day-to-day basis, almost half of the fun comes out of working with a bunch of great and passionate people. It feels outstanding waking up every morning and not being able to wait to get to work!”
“I’ve really enjoyed working at Hannes Snellman. People here are ambitious and motivated but also very friendly and welcoming. Working here has given me valuable insight into how law is applied in practice.”
“The traineeship has provided me an opportunity to deepen my understanding of both legal and business aspects of complex transactions. The traineeship has been an interesting and challenging learning experience made possible by working with experts in the field.”
“Definitely the inspiring fellow workers and easy-going work atmosphere. I’ve been given a lot of responsibilities and I feel like I’m part of the team.”
From time to time, working in a Nordic law firm can also be demanding and challenging. According to our associate trainees, the challenges faced by trainees relate to complex cases, surfing between projects and schedules as well as first-time-ever experiences:
“The traineeship puts your organisational skills to work as the work day may suddenly change course. However, busy and varying days keep work interesting and challenging.”
“I have a strong feeling that associate trainees are truly trusted at Hannes Snellman, since some of my tasks have been very challenging. However, I’m happy to take the challenges, since I learn the most from those really challenging cases.”
“As this is my first internship in a law firm, each day has been filled with “first time ever” experiences. This has definitely been the most challenging, and yet, absolutely the best aspect of this job so far.”
“To truly grasp all the different aspects of a complex transaction not only from a legal perspective but also from a business point of view.”
“I found it interesting but quite challenging to quickly jump into and understand a project that has been going on for a while already.”
“Sometimes it’s difficult to predict how your day is going to turn out as schedules can change fast. At the same time, this keeps the work interesting.”
Legal Assistant Trainees
Our legal assistant trainees support lawyers by engaging in similar work as our legal assistants. They help our lawyers manage, draft, edit, proofread, and archive documents. Furthermore, our legal assistant trainees draft and edit presentations, manage calendars and e-mail as well as assist in our internal and client events. Read here how some of our legal assistant trainees describe the highlights and challenges of their traineeship.
“Every working day is different − the workday usually consists of a broad variety of different tasks, and the assignments come from many directions. Some days are significantly busier than others.”
“So far, I have enjoyed the versatility of the work. Furthermore, it has been amazing to get to learn a lot of new things − not only regarding assistant work, but also about the legal world.”
“The biggest challenge for me has been time management during busier moments, as you have to manage many tasks on your desk at the same time. These kinds of situations require prioritising skills, and it is crucial to be able to ask for help well in advance.”
“The best thing about my traineeship has been receiving small tasks that I am solely responsible for right from the beginning. It has also been interesting to see how Hannes Snellman arranges events, as we have had the opportunity to work and assist at them. Moreover, what has been great is that Hannes Snellman provides regular training for the employees, including trainees.”
“The best aspect has been the atmosphere at Hannes Snellman. The work itself has also been very interesting. I like the fact that it is impossible to plan your days ahead and that the workload varies from very busy to quieter.”