Colton Cray is part of the Alumni Connecting with Eller Students (ACES) initiative. He is an associate at Skadden.
What do you do on a typical day at work?
There is no typical day at work! As a full-service corporate law firm, we help our clients handle the legal aspects of their most complex business issues. As an associate, I handle the “on-the-ground” components of a business deal: whether it’s preparing transaction agreements, analyzing corporate documents or coordinating the various professional service firms working the deal.
What skills do you find important in your industry?
Thorough due diligence skills are invaluable in the legal world. Our industry thrives in finding nuances in minutia. The “devil-in-the-details” can make the difference between the success or failure of a proposed business deal so knowing how to perform research efficiently is critical.
In what ways did Eller prepare you for your job?
Eller prepared me for the team-oriented aspect of being a corporate lawyer. Even though I hated group projects during my undergrad studies, Eller fostered a invaluable ability to rally enthusiasm among my peers and lead a team of smart, highly-capable people toward the same goal.
Advice for student looking to enter your industry/company?
Be intentional about what you want. Law school is a steep commitment, so it’s important to have your goals clearly defined before taking the leap. Reach out to attorneys to get a sense of their legal career path, because everyone’s is different and most will provide specific advice about the law school and law firm entry process (and they’ll probably be happy for the opportunity to hear themselves talk).
Your favorite UA/Eller memory?
Attending the Global Cohort to India with 30 classmates. We became close friends and my international classes helped shape my career goals. I added three majors in addition to MIS after this trip because I had so many things I wanted to try out.
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