Career news | August 22, 2019

A sneak peek into Roschier’s Associate Trainee program

For a law student interested in business law, Roschier's Associate Trainee program provides an opportunity to discover the world of business from a legal perspective by applying studies into practice in a truly international business law environment.

The tasks of associate trainees resemble the work of junior lawyers, which allows trainees to practice legal research, drafting documents, problem-solving and other core skills of any skilled lawyer. We had a quick chat with Bea Rahkonen and Johanna Puukka, who have both worked with us as Associate Trainees and continued their journey as Associates in Roschier’s IP & Technology and Dispute Resolution practices.

“The highlights of my traineeship in the IP & Technology team were being involved in a broad scale of interesting assignments and working with highly skilled colleagues. I learned a lot about the law and how to implement theory into practice,” Bea describes while thinking back on her traineeship.

Johanna felt that Roschier’s training program was well structured and developed to ensure that students get the most out of their experience in a big law firm. “The support and continuous feedback from my mentor, tutor and colleagues from the Dispute Resolution team really  helped me to develop professionally and integrate into the work community. I did not only get valuable first-hand work experience with challenging legal issues, but also got to enjoy various events and lectures organized by the firm”, she adds.

Like Bea and Johanna, many trainees return to work as associates after graduation. The similarities between the work of junior lawyers and the traineeship tasks support the transition from trainee to lawyer in many ways.

“After the traineeship I was already familiar with the people and ways of working of our OT, which made the induction to my new role as an associate easier”, Bea comments.

“The key takeaways were that I learned to think like a dispute resolution lawyer and took a step forward on my future career path. After the traineeship I have had multiple career opportunities both in Finland and abroad. However, my road always led back to Roschier – first as a thesis trainee and now as a junior associate.” Johanna concludes.