Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does an Associate Trainee do? What kinds of benefits do we offer? Can our Associate Trainees work from home? Our FAQ section answers some of the most burning questions we get each year from students.

What makes for a good application?

A good application is carefully drafted, clear and concise. Your application letter should not be more than just one page long, and it should give us a clear indication of what motivates you and whether you are suited for the open position. Please remember to enclose a well-structured CV, any appendices we may require (e.g. a transcript of your studies) and any other additional materials (a video perhaps).

Recruitment

Can I apply for an Associate Trainee position even if I don’t have any previous work experience at a law firm?

Yes, you can. One of our key values is working together. All Associate Trainees are assigned a personal tutor for the entire duration of their traineeship who also checks the trainee’s work. Our tutors are fully committed to sharing their knowledge and experience with our Associate Trainees. This enables trainees to develop their skills quickly under the guidance of the Partner responsible for the practice team to which the Associate Trainee has been appointed.

Why do you recruit so many students?

The purpose of our trainee programmes is to get to know students and to provide them with the opportunity to create connections that are crucial for their future careers. For this purpose, we seek to create long-term relationships with students and to provide them with the best professional development and leadership available in the market. Our mission is also to help our trainees grow into the lawyers of tomorrow and to discover excellent future talent to add to our practice teams.

How do you recruit lawyers?

Each recruitment process begins with an interview, which is attended by one or more Partners in addition to a representative from our HR department. Later on during the process, you will complete an English test and a personal assessment administered by our long-term partner Eezy Personnel. This assessment is intended to complement the interview and helps us develop our leadership.

Combining Work and Studies

Can I combine my studies and work if I apply for an Associate Trainee position?

Our Associate Trainee programme provides students at the later stages of their studies with the opportunity to put everything they have learned about corporate law to use in practice. As our Associate Trainee programme lasts for six months, our trainees are not expected to suspend their studies for this duration. Our Associate Trainees have flexible working hours, and you will be assigned a tutor and a superior to support you for the entire duration of your traineeship.

Tasks

What kinds of tasks are given to Associate Trainees?

The most important aspect of any task entrusted to an Associate Trainee is that it provides them with practical experience of various different kinds of client assignments. During their Associate Trainee period, our trainees are given the same tasks as recently graduated Associates (e.g. drafting documents, translation and research tasks) and they contribute to the different phases of various assignments to give them a better understanding of what each step requires, but they work under the tutelage of more experienced colleagues. This helps our Associate Trainees develop their skills up to a level expected of recent graduates.

How does my appointed practice team affect my daily duties?

As an Associate Trainee, you will be provided with the opportunity to work as part of a specific team based on your interests and the focus of your studies. You will contribute to your team, participate in weekly team meetings and assist your colleagues on the various assignments received by your appointed team.

Do Associate Trainees work for more than one practice team?

Our Associate Trainees primarily work for just one practice team, but you may sometimes be expected to take on duties from another practice team similarly to your more experienced peers. This could especially be the case when it comes to larger assignments.

Can Associate Trainees participate in client meetings?

Yes, our Associate Trainees get to participate in client meetings and various legal proceedings where our clients are present (such as court hearings) especially when it comes to larger assignments.

Support and Training Events

What kind of support does Borenius offer for its Associate Trainees?

Each Associate Trainee undergoes a week of extensive induction training to get a sense of how we do things here at Borenius. The induction week also serves as a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues and the systems we use. In addition, during the induction training, the exiting Associate Trainees get the chance to brief the newcomers on any incomplete assignments and on the culture of each different practice team.

What kind of training will Borenius provide during my traineeship?

We have a wide variety of internal training videos available in our video library. We also provide various kinds of training through our Borenius Learning programme and our Senior Leadership Academy.

Is every Associate Trainee appointed their own tutor from within their practice?

Yes, each Associate Trainee receives their own tutor.

What’s the difference between my tutor and superior?

Here at Borenius, we want to provide every Associate Trainee with a running start to their traineeship and to ensure that you learn as much as possible. This is why each trainee is appointed a tutor in addition to a superior. The purpose of the tutor is to support you in all kinds of matters related to your traineeship, such as how to find a good balance between your work and studies. The tutor also provides other support throughout the traineeship, and you will e.g. regularly have lunch together with your tutor to discuss how your trainee period is progressing.

Career Path

What could be my next step after I complete my traineeship?

You could continue as a Thesis Trainee at Borenius, but these traineeship slots are very limited. If you are interested in a career at Borenius, the six months you will spend as an Associate Trainee will allow both of us to ensure that we are a good fit for one another, and you might get the chance to join the 18 Associate Trainees we have recruited as new Associates over the two-year period spanning from 2018 to 2020. In general, however, our trainee programmes prepare students for duties handled by junior lawyers and provide excellent work experience and references for future challenges.

What’s the atmosphere like at Borenius?

We strive to maintain an encouraging atmosphere that complies with our values (respecting others, working together and taking pride in our work). We maintain our good atmosphere by organising various Borenius Sports and Borenius Social activities in addition to our annual Borenius Day and other events (e.g. our monthly breakfast event for all staff and our Christmas party). You are welcome to attend all of these events!

Borenius as an Employer

What is the office like? Does everyone have their own room?

Most Borenians have their own office space or share a room with one other person. We maintain excellent meeting rooms e.g. for hosting client meetings, and we make use of the latest presentation technology.

Can Associate Trainees work from home?

Associate Trainees are primarily expected to work at the office together with their team in order to ensure that they receive the best possible support. However, all of our employees can work from home. We also provide our employees e.g. with a screen, docking station, keyboard and mouse to make it easier for them to work from home.

How is CSR present in Borenius’ daily operations?

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is present in the daily work of every Borenian in the form of a corporate culture that values working together in a manner that emphasises the importance of CSR. Respecting others (be that colleagues, clients or other affiliates) is at the heart of everything we do here at Borenius. We also follow a code of conduct that heavily emphasises CSR and take on various pro bono cases that enable our experts to give back to the community to the furthest extent of their ability.

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Work-life Balance and Well-being

Which networking events organised by the firm can trainees attend?

All trainees are invited to an event specifically intended for them to get to know their colleagues. Associate Trainees also organise their own events that are intended for Associate Trainees only.

Are Associate Trainees allowed to attend other parties or events organised by the firm?

Yes, you are free to join us!

How do you compensate trainees for overtime? Do trainees receive overtime pay or extra leave?

We primarily abide by the 40-hour workweek. However, trainees may occasionally be expected to work more hours due to the nature of a specific assignment. In such cases, the trainee will agree with their superior on how they will be compensated for any extra hours worked.

What kinds of benefits are provided to Associate Trainees at Borenius?

Associate Trainees are entitled to almost all the same benefits as other Borenius employees, such as lunch vouchers, sports/culture vouchers and comprehensive occupational health services. Associate Trainees are also provided with a mobile phone and laptop as well as equipment they may need to work from home.

Are all Associate Trainees paid the same salary or is it based on the number of completed credits?

All Associate Trainees receive the same competitive monthly salary and benefits and the same equipment.