Berenis Ibarra López
Norton Rose Fulbright US, LLP – San Antonio, TX
I obtained my summer associate position by applying directly to Norton Rose Fulbright through their website. I used the Big Law Bootcamp resources from OCS to prep for my interview and received an offer to be the only 1L Summer Associate in the San Antonio office.
What was the most surprising thing you learned at your job?
The most surprising thing I’ve learned at my job is how willing to help every established lawyer is. As a 1L, I was afraid my limited legal knowledge would significantly hinder my ability to do the work assigned, but I’ve been fortunate to receive help every step of the way from extremely successful attorneys. It is very reinforcing.
What do/did you like most about your job?
The thing I like most about my job is how different every day has been. I have assisted in a wide variety of matters and every project enlightens me in new ways. I’ve really enjoyed learning so much about different areas of the law.
How do you think this experience has helped you in your career path?
I am the first in my immediate and extended family to pursue a legal career. This experience has broadened my exposure to different areas of law and has allowed me to learn about the law unlike I’ve ever experienced before. Every day in this role feels like I’m growing.
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at this job?
The most valuable thing I’ve learned at this job is that you should always ask for help when you need it. Sometimes we think we need to solve problems on our own, but I’ve learned there is an enormous advantage to tapping into any resources available and other lawyers who are experts in their practice areas.