NEW YORK – As a summer associate at Weil, I had the opportunity to begin working on active deals and cases right away. In addition to providing training and mentorship on the mechanics of particular assignments, the associates and partners I worked with provided a crash course on the overall strategy of the deals and cases I was assigned to and how they related to the work I was doing.
One highlight of this summer included sitting in on a board meeting conference call with a partner, who afterwards discussed some of the ongoing legal tactics that came up during the call and answered questions I had about the deal. Another highlight was discussing litigation strategy with a bankruptcy litigation team both before and after a hearing. I was impressed with the team’s ability to predict how the adversarial hearing would go, and I enjoyed the opportunity to sit in on the meeting afterwards where the team planned out the next steps.
These experiences are especially valuable given that classroom learning at law school tends to focus on specific legal issues rather than overarching litigation or transactional approach. It was an invaluable experience to receive these lessons from the leading practitioners at Weil.