Associate Life

Lindsay Kosan

Why I Chose WilmerHale

June 11, 2012 2:00 PM | Permalink | Print

Welcome to my blog! Over the course of the summer, I will be sharing my experiences working as a summer associate in the Boston office of WilmerHale. To begin, I thought I would share a little about my background and why I chose to spend my summer here. I was born in Boston, raised in Connecticut and graduated with a degree in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. I took two years off before law school to work at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office as an investigative analyst in the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau. Currently, I am a rising 3L at Harvard Law School.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I was not always sure the law firm recruitment process was for me. I questioned whether I would be able to find a firm that allowed me to do the kind of work I wanted to do, in the kind of environment I wanted to do it in. So last summer, after making the decision to limit my search to Boston firms, I was determined to find one that had certain core criteria: 1) an extensive and prominent legal practice; 2) strong training and mentoring opportunities; and 3) a collegial culture. I found everything I was looking for when meeting the attorneys and summer associates from WilmerHale.

To me, WilmerHale had a large firm-feel because of its varied and thriving legal practice—I was particularly intrigued by the cutting-edge legal services the firm provides to technology clients—but a small firm-feel because its lawyers work within a community built around collegiality, teamwork, and mentorship. It was so important to me to work with people I enjoyed being around, and every single WilmerHale attorney and summer associate I met was great—both incredibly smart and easy to get along with. Additionally, learning about the firm’s genuine commitment to pro bono work truly placed it in a league of its own. I began to gain a growing sense that I would fit in, actively enjoy and be proud of working at WilmerHale. Ultimately, it was a gut decision. One that I would absolutely make again.