IEU Law Firms Shadowing Program For Law Students

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Following the success of the IEU Law Firm Shadowing initiative, which started some years back, 20 IE University LLB and BBALLB students have had the chance to participate in this program just some weeks ago.

Following the success of the IEU Law Firm Shadowing initiative, which started some years back, 20 IE University LLB and BBALLB students have had the chance to participate in this program just some weeks ago.

This program enables students who are in their 2nd or 3rd year to shadow lawyers at top firms for a week, and has proven to be a great experience that both students and firms are willing to repeat every year. Participating firms this year included Baker & McKenzie, Linklaters, Uria Menéndez, Pérez- Llorca, Watson Farley Williams, Garrigues, and Cuatrecasas, and included positions in Madrid, London and Brussels.

Participating students have shared their experience and opinion with us, and highlight how they feel this is a great experience in order to confirm if that’s the career path they want to pursue, and also a great opportunity to network with lawyers at the firms.

Student Belén Adell feels the lawyers were very involved with them. “Perez Llorca chose young lawyers for us to shadow. They kept making sure we got the most out of the week, speaking to us about all kind of matters they felt could be useful for our professional careers. I’ve really enjoyed the chance to take a look at the internal functioning of the firm!”

“I had the opportunity of being a shadower at Uria Menéndez’s Brussels office”, said student Marit Thomasdotter. “I really liked experiencing firsthand how the office works and what working there is like: who the clients are, the law areas they practice etc. I also liked seeing how they interact with EU institutions, and I even had the chance to visit the EuropeanParliament with them!”

Student Mariam Homar was pleasantly surprised when she was introduced to less ‘known’ areas of the day to day. “I had the chance to discover the most ‘social’ side of Law Firms. While shadowing at Uría Menéndez’s London office, I participated in a volunteer initiative alongside the office lawyers. On this occasion, we volunteered at an elderly home for Spanish retirees living in London. I was not sure about whether or not I wanted to work as a lawyer in the future, but after this week, it is clearly one of my options!”

“I was very surprised at the team-work feeling I experienced while shadowing at Cuatrecasas. I felt that they were very engaging and open to new lawyers and to students who have not yet graduated such as ourselves. They say, ‘working is so much easier when the environment is this good’” shared student Andrea Maroto with us.

About her shadowing experience at Watson Farley, Elena Recla highlights the overview experience “My favorite part was understanding what it is I want to do once I graduate; getting the chance to see the different roles lawyers can have. Speaking to professionals with lots of experience helped me, especially when spoken about the best ways to face the competitive job market”

3rd year BBA-LLB student Belén Adell, shadower at Pérez-Llorca concludes: “ I am very satisfied with the shadowing program and I hope it goes on throughout the years. It is an incredible opportunity for IEU students!”

Watch video about the Shadowing here, featuring students Silvia Fiz and Luz Solano, shadowers at Baker Mackenzie :

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