Associate Life

Sonia Fleury

All Roads…

June 11, 2012 2:12 PM | Permalink | Print

I’m not someone who always knew she would go to law school. This profession is filled with people from all walks of life doing all kinds of things—that’s part of its appeal. The old saying goes, "All roads lead to Rome,” but sometimes it feels like they all lead to law school. For years I thought I might be a historical costume designer, then a journalist, later an art history professor. When I decided to study law after four years of history and art history as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was quickly and pleasantly surprised by how much of journalism I found reflected in law. At bottom, both are about telling a compelling story and ascertaining particular facts in order to weave an effective narrative. For these reasons, by the time Early Interview Week arrived, I knew I was looking for a firm with a strong litigation practice.

My first day of Early Interview Week was bookended by interviews with two different WilmerHale offices. It was an extremely pleasant start and end to an otherwise stressful day. My interviewers were friendly, sophisticated, engaged, and funny—traits characteristic of all of the WilmerHale attorneys I’ve had the opportunity to meet. The more I spoke to associates, partners, and past summer associates about the firm, its litigation practice generally, and its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act expertise specifically, the more I realized that this was where I wanted to be.