Our office employs more than 30 legal students for trainee tasks annually. We have trainee programmes for students in different stages of their degree:
Junior Trainee – students at the initial phases of their degree (first and second year)
Legal Trainee – students halfway through their degree (third and fourth year)
Associate Trainee – students finalising their degree (fourth year and up)
As our business is constantly growing, we are looking for motivated, enthusiastic and gifted future experts to join us. We appreciate a flexible, active and responsible working style, excellent Finnish and other foreign language skills and a willingness to learn.
We accept applications for all trainee periods at all times. Attach an application letter, your CV and a transcript of your studies as one attachment. Application letters for Legal Trainees and Associate Trainees should be in English.
At the end of your legal studies, you can work as a full-time trainee at HPP. You will have the opportunity to get to know the work of a lawyer at HPP and develop your competence at the branch of law of your choice. As a full-time trainee, you will work as a part of an assigned business group (M&A, environment, technology, insolvency, dispute resolution, competition).
Trainees assist our lawyers with different specialities in a wide variety of tasks related to their assignments, among others, in drafting different legal documents, legal research and translation tasks. The length of a full-time trainee period is approximately four months.
You have already reached the halfway of your studies and are able to assist lawyers in different legal informatics tasks, drafting documents and legal translations. During the part-time trainee period at HPP, you will work approximately 2–3 days a week. The length of a trainee period is on average one year. However, the duration varies and can be negotiated flexibly from 4 to 18 months.
In this role, you will function as an important support for our lawyers and other company functions and facilitate many people’s busy work day. Your work day will include various tasks and you will take care of tasks from both the lawyers and other office staff: printing, delivering documents to the authorities, office reception and assisting with meeting arrangements, among other things. The work is part-time during the school year, approximately 2, to 3 days a week. The length of a trainee period is on average one year. However, the duration varies and can be negotiated flexibly from 4 to 18 months.
My trainee-period has continued for two years. When I joined HPP, I started as a Junior Trainee and after that continued as a Legal Trainee. During my trainee-periods I have taken part in many interesting cases and have been able to focus on the fields of law that interests me. I have learnt a lot by doing different kinds of research, translations and document drafting. Moreover, I have improved my skills in scheduling, organising and stress management.
Looking back to my trainee-periods, it is pleasant to see that the responsibility and the difficulty of my assignments have developed hand in hand with my skills. During the trainee-periods I have repeatedly received feedback, guidance and useful tips and tricks from lawyers that I have worked with. This has been priceless when it comes to my development as a trainee. The trainee-periods have provided me a useful and rich toolbox for my future career.
I have done a variety of work related to the different branches of law: environmental law, corporate law, IPR law, competition law and procurement law. I have learned so much by doing different kinds of tasks.
At work, I have learned various practical skills. I have developed in stress management, handling my responsibilities, prioritising and organising. On the other hand, I have learned to have a client-oriented view and to think about things from the client’s point of view. My goals and future objectives have become a lot clearer. I also feel like I have excelled myself several times.
It’s a great feeling when experienced lawyers trust your work. First and foremost, I have noticed that I can survive well in the working environment of a large law firm.
During my traineeship, I have worked with various types of tasks. Most of my duties have concerned different transactions or disputes. In addition, I have been allowed to intensively involve in larger projects, which has been really developing and rewarding. In these cases, my own time management has been emphasized. Being a part of a larger project has also taught to understand the clients’ businesses better. At the same time, it has been interesting to see, how matters that I have studied at school, work in practice.
Consequently, I have conducted due diligence, drafted legal documents and translations as well as carried out general legal research. I have also assisted in general meetings. Additionally, it has been very easy to ask help if necessary. All in all, the trainee period has clarified my plans as it regards the practices I would like to work with in the future.