DALLAS – I was excited about the opportunity to work at Weil this summer. After completing undergraduate degrees in Finance and Economics, I spent two years working in banking. During this time, I found that I was most interested in the legal issues that arose during financial deals, so I decided to follow that passion to law school. My experience as a Summer Associate has begun to teach me how to “think like a lawyer” in a way that cannot be taught in a classroom. Seeing Weil attorneys balance difficult negotiations and clients’ needs has given me a greater appreciation for what that actually means. It requires more than just a deep understanding of the relevant legal issues; it also requires being able to foresee business and legal issues that will arise in the future, knowing how to shrewdly navigate negotiations, and providing the client with digestible takeaways of complex legal issues.
Aside from the high caliber attorneys I get to work with every day, I have also found the substance of the work to be fascinating. The terms negotiated in these agreements have long-lasting implications for the client’s business operations, and thus require an intimate understanding of the client’s business.
As someone continually seeking new opportunities for professional growth, I am thankful for the opportunity I have had to learn from the talented attorneys at Weil. This experience has allowed me to dive deeper into the legal issues I found so interesting when working on the business side, and it has given me a more holistic perspective on the financing process as a whole. Overall, this has been a great experience and I look forward to continuing this type of work in the future.