At Swaab we are a young partnership, proud of our entrepreneurial history, our innovative edge, the diversity that makes us who we are, and the generosity of spirit that we radiate.
A key factor in maintaining our differentiation is embracing innovation, diversity and the fresh perspectives that come to our firm from employing graduates.
In the lead up to the Graduates Program for 2021 we will be interviewing our past graduates and ask them to reflect on what their most interesting and challenging moments have been, what advice they would give and how the program has helped them shape their careers.
John Trinh — Associate
What was it like being a part of the program, how did it affect your career?
The graduate program was a great way to explore areas of law that I did not necessarily consider whilst I was studying. For example, I had not considered wills and estates as a practice area, but this has become part of my everyday work. The program also helped me develop a range of skills early in my career that I will utilise throughout my career such as client management, legal drafting and writing concisely.
What did you enjoy most about the program?
As a graduate, I was given the chance to work on my own matters including directly with partners and to take responsibility for driving these matters. Although not specifically limited to the graduate program, the firm’s social events have also been enjoyable such as competing in a firm wide, Amazing Race across the Sydney CBD and weekly Friday Night Social.
What was the most interesting part of the program?
Seeing how lawyers are not just relied on by clients to give legal advice but to also be their trusted advisers by living the Swaab Brand of Service.
What were some of the more challenging moments?
Learning how to give practical legal advice to clients. Whilst it is important to get the legal principles right, it is also important to understand a client’s objectives so you can give them advice tailored to their individual needs.
What advice would you give to someone starting the program?
Do not be afraid to ask questions.