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The recruiting process at the end of the first semester of law school can be a confusing whirlwind. As someone who had little experience in the legal field prior to law school, I was looking to work for a firm invested in its summer associates and dedicated to training and mentoring. It was also important to me that the firm I work at be engaged in pro bono work in the community. After spending a summer with Maslon, I can now excitedly say that Maslon is a great fit for what I was looking for, and I will be returning next year.

From the very beginning of my summer I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of challenging, substantive legal issues in both the litigation and transactional practices. Not only was the work interesting, but I also found it meaningful—one of my assignments was actually sent directly to a big client! Additionally, I had pro bono and observation opportunities, including observing a trial, attending an asylum interview, and volunteering at Wills for Heroes, the Minnesota Court of Appeals Clinic, and Habitat for Humanity. These experiences allowed me to narrow my interests and focus my career goals and confirmed Maslon's commitment to making a difference in the community through pro bono work.

But most of all, it was the people that set my experience at Maslon apart. Not only are they some of the most impressive, intelligent people I've ever met, but they also genuinely care about summer associates' professional development and go the extra mile to provide helpful feedback. Summer associates are treated as if they will be with the firm long-term, and I think this approach contributed greatly to the success of my mentoring relationships. I had formal partner, associate, and writing mentors, and all three consistently reached out to ask how I was doing and how they could help me get the most out of my summer. I was also lucky to have many great informal mentors, including partners, associates, and staff. As a result of their thoughtful advice and guidance, my writing skills, substantive knowledge, and ability to navigate the legal world improved immensely.

To top it off, there were plenty of fun social opportunities—baseball games, an attorney retreat, happy hours—where I had a chance to meet nearly everyone at the firm and grow closer to my amazing summer associate class. I look forward to returning again during my 2L summer.

Alina Yasis
University of Minnesota Law School, Class of 2021

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