Dr. Friederike Jawad, LL.M.Attorney at law
A question of priority: Which areas of law are particularly exciting/demanded at the moment?
Dr. Friederike Jawad “The restructuring-related areas of law, labor law, M&A, insolvency law. However, we advise students/beginners not to specialize too early. Only a broad basic understanding of business law will ensure that you can later understand interrelationships and think outside the box for your clients.”
Dreams of the future: How much “digital law firm” can future lawyers expect?
Dr. Friederike Jawad “In short: “A lot” – lawyers have to face numerous “digital challenges”. Paperless work, digital negotiations and smart documents tools are already common. In the future, legal tech will make everyday work more flexible, but also increase efficiency, and significantly change the traditional legal profession.”
Skill check: which skills are absolutely essential, how much practice is required?
Dr. Friederike Jawad “A broad view pays off! Means: Use your studies and legal clerkship to look at as much as possible. This can be a stay abroad or exciting internships (preferably also in “non-legal” areas). If you have a basic commercial education in addition to legal knowledge, many doors are open to you in commercial law firms.”
Everything is different: what challenges/new developments will prospective young professionals have to face in the next few years?
Dr. Friederike Jawad “The trend toward using legal technology to “take care” of tasks that used to be performed by lawyers will continue in the future. More than ever, therefore, “You never stop learning” applies. However, if you have a good basic education, are willing to continuously improve your skills and are open to new technologies, you have all the skills for an exciting profession.”