One of the best features of Weil’s summer program is the ability to try out different practice group areas. Even for someone like myself who is inclined towards litigation. As part of the summer program we are required to rotate through at least two different departments. Summer associates are exposed to a wide range of matters, not only through formal work assignments but also social events throughout the summer. Social events and informal gatherings can be just as good of an opportunity to learn about different practice groups.
This past Monday, Weil’s corporate department invited all summer associates rotating through the corporate department for an evening of food, drink and bowling at Bowlmor Times Square. Besides some friendly competition and tasty finger food, the event also provided great opportunities to learn from partners and associates in the corporate department about their work in an informal setting. One partner in the structured finance and derivatives practice group spoke to me at length about how he came to work in that particular group and how the work differs from some of the other corporate practice groups. Everyone is friendly and willing to spend time with summer associates as we begin to navigate our careers at the firm.
The only thing lacking at this event was my bowling skills. I may not have led the summer class in strikes and spares but I learned a lot about the different groups within the corporate department and am looking forward to my rotation there towards the end of the summer.