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Julius Matilainen

Associate, Bird & Bird

We can potentially improve the quality of life for a lot of people.

Initially I was supposed to become a career pilot for the military. Then I thought I could be a good policeman. As result, I ended up applying to law school. It seemed like a safe bet at that point of my life – being 23 years old back then.

It became quite evident from the very beginning of my law studies that corporate and commercial law is my thing and that I'll be pursuing a career in the private sector. As of today, I've been working as an Associate at Bird & Bird's Corporate team for about two years. I work for instance with acquisitions and corporate governance matters. I can master certain things already quite independently, but at the same time I acknowledge that I still have a lot to learn from my senior colleagues. I don't know yet how long I'll be doing this but for now I feel that I'm in the right place at the right time.

I'm endlessly interested in the business of our clients. We get to help our clients, like startups for instance, with really cool ideas which can potentially improve the quality of life for a lot of people. I find that really motivating. In addition, I believe that attorneys' work partly ensures that rule of law is realized in a society in general. That always lays the foundation for our work.

My advice to law students today is: don't stress out too much. Try and explore working in different fields of law as well as different sectors: public, in-house, private. Working will anyway be a lot different from studying, so don't stress too much about it in advance. Everything changes constantly anyway, so why stress about it. Just go with the flow and see where it leads you.