I chose TalTech due to its international environment as well as its closeness to my home country Finland.
We have interviewed our alumni to get insight into how they have applied the acquired skills and what type of work they do now. Max Rasa Atallah from Finland holds a bachelor's degree in law from the Tallinn University of Technology´s School of Business and Governance.
What do you do today and what/which event attracted you to your current job?
I am a Partner at Nordic Law - a Helsinki-based boutique law firm that specializes in tech and growth companies. Our main focus is on fintech and blockchain-related businesses.
I was attracted to the law in general at a very young age, though my interests in law & tech were raised during my master’s studies at Helsinki University. The most attractive feature for me in law & tech is its novelty – many of the projects require ’outside of the box thinking to fit the clients’ novel needs into existing legal frameworks.
Why did you decide in favour of studying in Estonia?
I received my bachelor’s degree in law from Tallinn University of Technology. I chose TalTech due to its international environment as well as its closeness to my home country Finland. The university offered me a unique combination of internationality without having to entirely cut my ties with Finland during my studies.
I still think fondly of my time in Estonia – it is an excellent city for a student.
Which study programme did you study, and why did you pick this one?
I studied law at Tallinn Law School. As I had been interested in law since a very young age, it was only natural for me to apply to a law school. I saw the internationality of the degree as a bonus.
What do you think is the strength of this field in today's labour market?
The unemployment rate for lawyers is fairly low, so I would say that law studies are a quite safe bet for future employment.
Could you recall any sweet memories or funny situations from your university time?
There are so many memories and funny situations that I do not know where to start. Let’s just say that I spent an enjoyable time with my fellow classmates, and they are still among my closest friends. We keep in touch almost daily.
Looking back at your studies, what would you ask the university to do differently to become even better?
Maybe I would try to increase presentation, communications, and argumentation-related studies, which I have found to be one of the most important skills for a lawyer.