For Lily Doyle, the BBA Summer Jobs Student hired by Nelson Mullins to support the firm’s work this summer, “intellectual property” was a new concept.
As she helped keep records relevant to some of the firm’s IP cases, she was always learning gaining new information from what she was filing.
“I learned a lot of terms and a lot of information from correspondence about how patents are done. It didn’t even dawn on me how these things happen,” she said.
One of the most exciting parts of her summer was learning that some attorneys at the firm went to the same high school as Doyle – Boston Latin School. She said she enjoyed hearing and relating to their personal stories spanning from their teen years to their current careers. On a daily basis, the attorneys’ team of assistants also made her feel very welcome, she said.
All of Doyle’s work experience prior to her summer at Nelson Mullins took place away from a desk. In the past, she did work outside, and held a position at the Museum of Fine Arts.
But working at a law firm helped to prepare her for future office experiences.
“I got a sense of a nine-to-five job for the first time. This is also my first job where I am the only person my age,” she said.
Doyle says she could see herself becoming a litigator in the future, because she finds litigation to be the most fascinating aspect of practicing law. She also enjoyed learning more about city government during the BBA’s mock city council hearing, which the students participated in by debating a fictional city ordinance.
“Working here was different than I expected. From the outside, law firms can seem bureaucratic and not as personal, but I saw the attorneys laugh with each other a lot and everyone seems very close. I’m glad I had the opportunity to learn more about the people,” she said.