Interdisciplinary lawyer

Marja-Leena Mikkola specialised in law but also studied construction.

Marja-Leena Mikkola

Name, title and tasks 

Marja-Leena Mikkola
Infra projects and Paving, Finland

What kind of training and education do you have?

I graduated with a Masters in Law from the University of Turku in March 2014 and as Civil Engineer from Tampere University of Technology in May 2015.

How did you end up in your current position?

I started to dream about the faculty of law when I was in high school but, just to be on the safe side, I chose the extended mathematics and physics courses so that I could apply to other faculties as well if I were to change my mind at some point. From high school, against all my plans, I ended up at the University of Technology and a couple of years later at the Faculty of Law as well. At the Faculty of Law, I specialised in construction law as soon as I could, so I must have had some kind of idea of an interdisciplinary career already at that stage. Along with studies, I managed to spend a year in Russia and travel around Europe in association activities.

Before Lemminkäinen, I worked in diverse tasks in, for instance, law firms in Tampere, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. My focus areas were criminal, business and construction law. In the summer of 2014, I ended up at Lemminkäinen, at first as a construction site engineer, after which I spent an autumn writing my diploma work about Lemminkäinen Infra Oy's reclamation process. In spring 2015, at the time of graduating as a civil engineer, I jumped back to legal tasks as a lawyer.

What is your typical working day like?

I am not sure if a typical working day exists because everything depends on what the most acute task on my desk is. The most diverse days are the days when, in addition to office tasks, I get to participate in, for instance, site meetings and contract reviews at the construction sites.

What do you like most about your job?

The best aspect of my work is the diverse and challenging tasks: every day you can learn something new. In addition, visits to the construction sites add practicality and diversity to the office-focused work.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

The most challenging aspect of my work is working at the interface of law and construction. Current construction projects are technically challenging but, in addition, you must take into consideration responsibilities and obligations. In order to complete a project successfully, you must be competent in construction as well as the related paperwork and be able to react to quickly changing situations.

What kind of a person succeeds in your position?

In addition to legal competence, you have to be interested in the construction business and get along well with people. And it does not hurt if you are quick-witted, careful and adequately meticulous.