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Regular English courses are an important part of the program. How much does work at Skadden depend on your foreign language skills during your internship and how much was there still to learn for you there, Laura?

Laura Korn:English is an integral part of everyday life at Skadden as a working language. Many large clients are based abroad, which is why purely German issues are rare. English was spoken on most of the projects I worked on.

The exact proportion of English-speaking mandates naturally also depends on the individual practice group. However, every application places great value on a good command of English. Personally, I lived in England for a few years during my school days, took part in the Vis Moot course and studied in Scotland for a year. This is absolutely not a must, but it made my work a lot easier, especially with regard to “Legal English”. You should therefore be aware that although you don't have to be a native speaker, you should have good previous knowledge and enjoy working in English.

Laura, you successfully completed the focus on intellectual property and commercial legal protection during your studies. Were you able to contribute your knowledge during the internship and would you give the cliché: "As a student: you hardly have a clue ..." a clear rejection?

Laura Korn:As is so often the case in law school, the answer is: it depends. There are some practice groups in which it can be very helpful to have already familiarized yourself with the field of law in the focus. These include B. labor law or tax law. Other groups - such as dispute resolution or private equity - are seldom considered thematically in the focus areas. The principle of “learning on the job” applies there, although the above-mentioned practice groups will mostly deal with problems that were not part of the lectures.

Since I've mostly worked on cases that weren't about intellectual property issues, my knowledge of the main focus didn't help me much. However, I would say that - regardless of which team - a certain basic legal understanding is required. In my opinion, you can benefit most from an internship at Skadden in the advanced semester.

The program is not only aimed at students, but also at trainee lawyers and academic staff. Did the different backgrounds of the participants also help in personal exchange?

Laura Korn:I thought it was great that the Skadden program wasn't limited to interns. Especially in view of the fact that the scientific staff in particular work almost always on the same projects, it was very helpful to be able to talk to everyone personally on the first day. On the one hand, this reduced the inhibition threshold to ask questions or get tips from the scientific staff or trainee teachers. On the other hand, this increased the number of people with whom you could meet for lunch or after work.

This not only gave me the opportunity to get to know a lot of new people, which can be an advantage if you're new to Frankfurt, but I was also able to exchange ideas about possible perspectives at Skadden after my exams. All in all, I will remember the nice rounds after work with the other employees as particularly positive.

Another difference to other traditional internship programs is the direct involvement in ongoing projects and the close cooperation with the lawyers.

Emily Nikolai:It was definitely interesting to talk to people who are already past what lies ahead. I think that it also took some of the stress out of studying because you saw how the others did it. So I was very happy that you didn't just get to know interns.