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).
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.
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 two-year trainee period, my work has become more and more versatile. I have attended sessions, written opinions, memorandums and translations and, of course, carried out general research. I have developed in scheduling my own work as I have been involved in larger projects.
My understanding of a lawyer’s work has not necessarily changed, but my understanding of what the work is in practice becomes more concrete all the time. For example, I have noticed how versatile the work of a dispute lawyer is. Just knowing the law is not enough, but you need to have an enormous amount of general knowledge on other things too, for example, construction engineering. Thanks to the diversity of the work, I am more motivated to complete my studies and to learn a variety of new things.
The most important thing about the traineeship has been to learn how a big law firm operates. The tutor system, especially, has functioned really well. My tutor has given me constructive feedback and, when I wanted it, more demanding tasks. All in all, the working tasks have been more diverse than I expected. Discussions with the tutor have helped my own development tremendously.
The working environment is extremely encouraging. There is nothing that you cannot ask about. I really feel like my expectations were surpassed. Working at a law firm has beeneven more positive than I expected.