Angelica's Trainee Experience in our Sydney Office

Name: Angelica Sorn

Degree: Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies (International Business)

University: University of New South Wales

Seats to date: 1

Current seat: Tech & Comms, Commercial

What attracted you to a career in law?

An interest in the law generally, which peaked in year 10 when choosing subjects to complete for my Higher School Certificate. While I really enjoyed legal studies in year 12, a lot has changed since then. I now find myself attracted to a career in commercial law because of the intellectual challenge and the prospect of being a client’s trusted advisor.

Why did Bird & Bird stand out to you from the rest of the law firms?

It is a truly global law firm that is forward thinking and focussed on innovation. At the same time, the prospect of working in a smaller office supported by a strong global network appealed to me. As a budding lawyer, this structure appeared conducive to immense professional development opportunities but without forgoing the perks of working within a smaller company.

What do you think made your application successful in securing a training contract?

I think being a good communicator and someone that others can see themselves working with definitely helps! The Sydney office places great value on work/life balance and encourages individuals to pursue their hobbies and interests. During my interview with a partner and senior associate, we spoke about my love for yoga, hiking, and our common travel experiences in India. I think talking about my interests outside of work made me more relatable and gave the interviewers a chance to assess my interpersonal skills.

Did you do a Vacation scheme? If so how has it helped you in the process?

Yes – I completed an 8 week summer clerkship at the end of the year. Not only did I learn a lot about the law, but the clerkship helped me to better understand the firm’s culture, and the different working styles of my colleagues as well as my own.

What was your childhood dream job?

A wedding dress designer – I was (and still am) in love with the ‘Parent Trap’ movie scene where Elizabeth James conducts a photoshoot at her bridal studio.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Hopefully completing an overseas stint in my chosen speciality and mentoring whichever junior lawyer will listen.

One piece of advice you would you give someone who is looking to go into law?

Figuring out what you don’t like is just as valuable as figuring out what you do like. There are going to be moments during the first few months and maybe longer where it may not be what you expect. Use that time to learn as much as you can, reflect, and think about the area of law you want to be an expert in. It also helps to speak with a lot of different people, including your mentors, and to pick their brains for advice!

Thinking back on your time at Bird & Bird, what has been your most memorable experience?

Meeting clients (particularly entrepreneurs) and feeling inspired by their success, determination, and passion for what they do. It’s very rewarding to know that you have helped them achieve a certain vision.

What has been your greatest challenge at the firm?

Learning to work with people who have different styles of working and having to adapt my own.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cheese.