Evan Neu, BS '09
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, London, England
I spent the spring semester of my junior year with the employment law practice group at Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe, a major international law firm. For the majority of my time with Orrick I was located at their London, UK office aside from the first four weeks, which were spent on a jury trial team in the SDNY United States District Court in New York.
On the trial team in New York I assisted attorneys in preparing for a trial in federal court by assembling trial exhibit lists, drafting witness examination outlines, and digesting previously taken depositions. I was able to attend and work in the courtroom for the first week of the trial, at which point I was transferred to London.
At Orrick’s London office I found myself operating in a similar capacity, albeit within an entirely new legal system. I aided in prepping for Employment Tribunal hearings, corresponded with opposing solicitors, researched legal developments for subsequent client bulletins, and attended hearings at the Royal Courts of Justice. Additionally I interacted with representatives at various UK governmental institutions including Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Home Office, and the Employment Tribunals.
My time at Orrick profoundly impacted me professionally. Although I have been planning on attending law school and going into employment law for quite some time, this experience has given me a first hand view of global law firm organizational culture and confirmed for me that I belong in a similar environment after law school. Moreover, assisting in a live courtroom jury trial is an experience that most law students and even many young attorneys have never had the opportunity to do. The knowledge and experience I’ve gained at Orrick will be a tremendous advantage to me in law school and beyond.
The opportunity to work abroad only magnified the formerly mentioned experiences, and I couldn’t have chosen a better location than London. As essayist Samuel Johnson aptly observed, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
- Evan Neu, BS '09