"Always someone willing to listen"
The promises made during my interview all proved true: I was integrated into the case work very quickly and was treated as a fully-fledged member of the team. I participated in telephone conferences, discussed difficult legal issues with the lawyers, drafted contracts and conducted research. I found it particularly pleasant that the promised open-door policy was actually practised, not just in the literal sense of an open door, but that someone was always willing to listen to and answer my questions – be they on legal matters, economic topics or even regarding my personal goals. The law firm also paid due consideration to my other legal training obligations.
The in-house English course was a weekly highlight. A further regular feature was lectures on legal topics. Besides these further training measures, the firm also encouraged team spirit amongst colleagues. Interns often meet up of an evening for a beer and to share their experiences. Once a fortnight the firm also holds an informal get-together which is open to all lawyers, interns, research assistants and trainees, at which I also learned a great deal about life at the law firm.
Through my immediate involvement in the case work, the diversity of tasks entrusted to me and my intense discussions with lawyers, I was able to learn a great deal. This made things far easier for me when I subsequently started work at Oppenhoff in the field of corporate law.