NEW YORK – They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and this statement couldn’t possibly have more accuracy than when describing my first week at Weil. As one of more than seventy summer associates, I completed a day of training and orientation before hitting the ground running – I received my first assignment the morning of my second day here. Over the course of my first week, I have had the opportunity to observe partner-client calls, conduct research for a corporate transaction and complete a due diligence assignment.
I couldn’t be happier with the nature of the work I’ve been assigned. Many firms tell their summers that they will be doing work comparable to that of a first year associate, but here at Weil I feel like I’m actually getting that experience and am contributing something useful.
What really makes Weil stand out to me, however, is the degree to which the firm is involved in and committed to the NYC community. In just one week, I’ve already seen numerous examples. On my fourth day at the firm, I was able to participate in the American Heart Association’s Wall Street Run & Walk with a large Weil team to support crucial research and treatment for the NYC community.
The following day, I got to see another example: we were treated to pizza and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream sundaes with students from a public school located in the South Bronx. Through the school partnership program, students visit our offices once a month to participate in sessions with Weil volunteers that help to prepare them for college and careers. During our end-of-the-year lunch with the students, they showed off their skills with a stellar mock court demonstration, as well as with a presentation of an app that students designed to help autistic children communicate. It was a great experience to see how articulate and talented the students were, and was great to know that I’m part of an organization that’s contributing to their future and growth.
A lot has happened in a week – I’m excited to see what other opportunities will present themselves over the course of the summer!