Charlotte Reyns (Summer trainee 2018)

I was a summer trainee in the Business Law practice group for three weeks in September 2018. 

During this traineeship I received a very broad and clear view of what working as a lawyer today is really like. The whole team does its best to give the summer trainees varied and interesting assignments; it’s much more than just library research. During those three weeks I was able to write opinions, attend a consultation; I wrote a newsflash and the first draft of a contract.

In addition, you get loads of something we all miss during our studies at university: feedback. Everything is discussed, and as a result you get a better understanding of your own abilities and can make progress quickly. The lawyers are very accessible for all your questions, and your input is actually appreciated. In brief: a summer traineeship you can genuinely profit from

During this traineeship I received a very broad and clear view of what working as a lawyer today is really like.

Charlotte Reyns , Summer trainee 2018

Daan Degrande (Summer trainee 2018)

In the summer of 2018 I was able to work as summer trainee in the Public Procurement Law and PPP practice group.

Prior to this traineeship I hadn´t yet had any experience in the ´world of lawyers´, and I wanted to do it primarily to find out whether a career as a lawyer might be something for me. 

The experience was very positive. I was surprised when, on my first day, I heard that I would be able to work on major cases of the Public Procurement and PPP practice group. In addition, I received a great deal of autonomy in how I performed my tasks, which reflects the trust that the practice group has (even) in its summer trainees. 

When I had questions I could always turn to one of the lawyers, who didn´t just give me the short answer, but engaged with me to actively think together about possible solutions. These discussions helped sharpen my ´legal intuition´ and made me better able to find important case-law and sources.

I would definitely recommend a summer traineeship at Schoups for those who want to make a first acquaintance with day-to-day life as a lawyer in an instructive and enjoyable atmosphere.

I would definitely recommend a summer traineeship at Schoups for those who want to make a first acquaintance with day-to-day life as a lawyer in an instructive and enjoyable atmosphere.

Daan Degrande, Summer trainee 2018

Pauline Van Bogaert (Second-year junior associate)

I’ve been part of the Environmental Law practice group as a trainee lawyer since September 2017. This young and dynamic team is active in the field of environmental and spatial planning law. 

A traineeship at Schoups is characterised by a combination of specialisation, a pragmatic approach and collegiality. Schoups places great importance on the education and personal growth of its trainees. The weekly practice group meetings and periodic follow-up discussions contribute to my personal development. The large number of trainees and the collaboration with more experienced lawyers fosters a sense of belonging, which creates a pleasant working environment.

Within the Environmental Law team I get the chance to deal with the most wide-ranging environment-related files. Working in a team context is central. As a trainee, you help define the strategy to adopt in the case, and contact with the clients and attendance at proceedings are both highly encouraged. Further, the team really emphasises personal development, which discourages narrow-minded ways of working and thinking. This interdisciplinary approach ensures that my job responsibilities are very wide-ranging. Within the framework of my training I’m encouraged to co-write academic papers and participate in workshops, which has enormously expanded my knowledge of environmental law.

Moreover, within the team great attention is paid to flexibility and a healthy work-life balance. Our practice group - and, by extension, the whole firm - is characterised by an informal, interactive approach where everyone´s opinion is respected.

A traineeship at Schoups is characterised by a combination of specialisation, a pragmatic approach and collegiality. Schoups places great importance on the education and personal growth of its trainees.

Pauline Van Bogaert , Second-year junior associate

Jef Feyaerts (Third-year junior associate)

I have been working as trainee lawyer at Schoups since September 2016. In the Private Construction Law practice group, I get a chance to put my interests in private law into practice within a specialised environment.  

At Schoups, the lawyers are involved at every level on which the clients require assistance. So I’m learning not only how to deal with a given procedure in the best possible way, but also how, by giving the right advice at the right time, I can prevent a procedure from becoming necessary in the first place. Whether we are pleading in court, conducting negotiations with an opposing party or doing an expert evaluation in the field, I´m always involved.     

Although I receive the freedom to be the first one to analyse a case and come up with the initial strategy, I can always fall back on the knowledge and experience of my colleagues in the firm. I’m nudged and encouraged on both the intellectual and practical levels. In this way we always offer the best service to our clients. The demands are high, but fulfilling such high expectations gives you that much more satisfaction.

The atmosphere is welcoming, and everyone´s door is always open for questions and guidance. So there´s no gap between trainees and the rest of the staff. We´re a team and everyone´s individual success merely contributes to the shared success of us all.

Every file at Schoups is a fresh challenge that I´m delighted to take up, with room for initiative and creativity. My involvement in all aspects of the case and the constant collaboration with specialists in the field ensure that I can fully develop my abilities.

Every file at Schoups is a fresh challenge that I´m delighted to take up, with room for initiative and creativity.

Jef Feyaerts, Third-year junior associate

Melissa Olivotto (Third-year junior associate)

"I started my traineeship at Schoups in September 2016. I work primarily in the field of private construction law, as well as public procurement and PPP.

Because my native language is French, I mainly work on files where the proceeding is being held in French. Naturally alongside that I use Dutch as well, given that most of the time I’m working in Antwerp and the vast majority of the clients there speak Dutch.

From their very first day, trainees are given responsibilities and they play an important role in the file management, whether this involves preparing meetings of experts, drafting pleadings or advising clients… The tasks of the trainees are very wide-ranging, so we get a comprehensive insight into a file, proceeding or strategy.

The trainees are supervised by a dynamic team, in which everyone is enthusiastic about giving high-quality training. The team is readily available and they take the time to give feedback or advice.

Schoups truly emphasises the quality of the education offered to trainees and multilingualism. So the trainees can be certain of receiving an all-round education that corresponds to the requirements of the legal profession.

The trainees are supervised by a dynamic team, in which everyone is enthusiastic about giving high-quality training. The team is readily available and they take the time to give feedback or advice.

Melissa Olivotto, Third-year junior associate

Nel Van Daele (Associate)

I have been part of the Schoups law firm since September 2015. I work in the Private Construction Law practice group, which primarily assists contractors in their relations with other construction players.

My job responsibilities are extremely diverse. During the months that I’ve been working here, I’ve had a chance to focus on a wide range of assignments: writing pleadings, drafting settlement agreements between parties, advising clients, fulfilling assignments at court, monitoring expert evaluations, attending client conferences … So much variation is fascinating and highly instructive.

Files are dealt with in a team context, so that each trainee is supervised by well-motivated colleagues. This teamwork is a real plus, and it´s a positive experience to collaborate with both younger and more experienced lawyers.

Schoups invests intensively in the professional development of its trainees, which is a great advantage. They are carefully monitored and supervised. Thanks to the constructive feedback, I’ve already learned a great in a short time.    

Another point worth noting is the firm’s passionate, dynamic character. Everyone has so much infectious enthusiasm and commitment, which helps create a pleasant working environment - and that means I look forward to coming to work every day.

Schoups invests intensively in the professional growth of its associates, which is a major plus. The associates are well supervised and supported. I quickly learned a lot from the constructive feedback I received.

Nel Van Daele, Associate

Pim van den Bos (Associate)

I began my career at Schoups in the summer of 2014, and I´ve never had any reason to look back.

Every day is different and brings fresh challenges. As a trainee lawyer you immediately play an important role in the files: you’re the first to screen them completely and so you make a significant contribution to defining the strategy.

I’m also progressively receiving more and more responsibilities, which means that I’m constantly learning new things and continuing to develop. At Schoups, great attention is paid to the learning and development process, both formally via regular evaluation moments and informally in the day-to-day practice. You’re integrated into a close-knit team where the doors are always open and the more experienced and specialised lawyers see it as an important part of their job to transmit their knowledge to the younger people.

And Schoups allows you to develop in other ways as well. For example, with the firm’s support I have already been able to teach courses at the University of Antwerp as well as being involved in several publications. 

In short, I can´t imagine a better first work experience - and one where the compensation is also very attractive.  

Every day is different and brings new challenges. As a junior associate, you take an important part in cases. Being the first to screen a case, allows you to play a big part in setting out the strategy.

Pim van den Bos, Associate

Thomas Leys (Summer trainee 2016)

I worked as a summer trainee in the Public Procurement Law and PPP practice group during the month of August 2016.

As of the first day I was able to work on very challenging and interesting files within my chosen specialty. I did a wide range of activities such as drafting petitions, pleadings, opinions and newsflashes for the website.

To do these things well, I could always count on excellent supervision from the entire team, as a result of which I not only got to do interesting things but was also able to assimilate a lot of new knowledge in a short period of time. Moreover, this open and helpful attitude isn´t limited to the Public Procurement Law and PPP practice group, but is characteristic of the whole firm.

So I can heartily recommend a summer traineeship at Schoups, since during that one month I got a great feeling for the law in practice and became acquainted with an outstanding team. Absolutely worth a bit less time on the beach.      

I would definitely recommend a summer internship at Schoups. It allowed me to gain more knowledge of law in practice. In addition, I was fortunate enough to meet an excellent team of lawyers. Definitely worth giving up a part of your vacation for.

Thomas Leys, Summer trainee 2016