Summer Experience: Stephen Kindermann ’18L Balances Work and Life in BigLaw
Stephen Kindermann, a 3L from Rockville, Maryland, graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science and History. Stephen is a Senior Articles Editor for the German Law Journal and a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review. After his 1L year, Stephen served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Arenda L. Wright Allen in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
What did you do for work this summer?
I worked as a summer associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in their New York City headquarters. I worked for eight weeks in the Corporate department, focusing on the capital markets, banking and finance, and private equity groups. I also worked for four weeks in the Business Finance and Restructuring department.
How did you find/get this position?
Dean Jarrett, OCS, and some of my professors encouraged me to apply to firms, including Weil, recruiting at the Northeast Washington and Lee Interview Program in Times Square. My screening interview with a partner in Weil’s capital markets group conveyed a clear passion about the work and the people at Weil. That evening, I received a call inviting me to a callback interview at Weil’s New York headquarters. I flew to New York to see the offices and met with associates, partners, and the recruiting team. Two days later, I received a phone call offering me a position in Weil’s 2017 Summer Associate Class.
Describe your work experience.
Weil’s NYC offices are located in Midtown at the General Motors Building in what I consider to be the most vibrant part of the city. The building sits at the start of Central Park and straddles Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. Weil recently renovated its offices and the views of Central Park and the welcoming colleagues on every floor all reflect the familial culture at the firm. I met with a personal Assignment Coordinator who tailored my workflow to reflect my preferred practice areas and career goals. The work was always engaging and my supervisors from all seniority levels would always explain away any confusion. The Weil team goes out of its way to make sure each summer associate makes an informed decision about their future at the firm and their chosen practice area. We also had plenty of fun outside of the office too, with even more opportunities to get to know our fellow summer associates and future colleagues at the firm.
What classes were useful in preparing you for the summer work?
Given my interest in corporate law, I most drew on topics covered in Contracts, Close Business Arrangements, Securities Regulation, Publicly Held Businesses, and Secured Transactions.
What was your favorite aspect of this summer work experience?
I had some reservations about the negative big firm stereotypes in New York City. But Weil sets itself apart from its peers. The firm encourages strong commitments to your work and your life outside of the office. I loved the high-level work and the collaborative environment. Weil hires the best attorneys that fit their culture and it shows. Seeing that firm culture in action every day and getting to know so many wonderful people were my favorite parts of the summer.
Has this experience helped you figure out post graduate plans, and if so, how?
After graduation in May, I will be returning to the New York City offices of Weil ,Gotshal & Manges as a Corporate Associate in the Capital Markets Group.