Marcus Walsh

Law Vacation Scheme

What made you apply to Mayer Brown?

I actually argued my way on to the summer vacation scheme with Mayer Brown! In my final year of university I won the Mayer Brown Speaker Prize at the Irish Intercollegiate Moot and was offered a place on the summer vacation scheme.

I had never thought of applying to commercial law firms in London and I went away and did some background research; it was immediately clear what a fantastic opportunity it would be to undertake an internship in one of the largest global law firms.

How well organised was the vacation scheme set up?

Extremely well organised. I was impressed with the support and guidance we received. Nominating seat preferences before-hand was a great opportunity to really think about what you could hope to experience during the internship. The supervisors were excellent and welcoming from the start. Sharing offices with a trainee and a partner allowed me to glimpse life at the firm from both extremes. There was a good mix of time spent in the groups and attending various talks, and socials.

Law Vacation Scheme

What did you enjoy most about your role?

The actual work itself was one of the best aspects. It gave me a chance to experience the realities of the practice of law. A trip to one of their European offices was also a fantastic experience. It give us a chance to meet and chat with Mayer Brown lawyers working there and it was also a very good social experience which helped to build a sense of camaraderie among the students.

What did you do on a daily basis?

The work was varied which was great for viewing life as a City solicitor from different perspectives. I sat in Employment and Construction. One of my first tasks was to research the effects of the swine flu outbreak (very topical at the time).

I had a chance to do a significant amount of research (both general and, occasionally, substantive legal research), I helped prepare files for disclosure, went to client offices to have documents signed and attended a series of conference calls.

What did you learn on your internship?

The most important thing I learned was about the reality of life in a City firm. It was quite different from what I expected, but being able to sit and work with trainees, associates and partners gave me an invaluable appreciation of what it means to be part (albeit a small part) of a large team focused on achieving the best outcome for a client.

This is something which can’t be taught on an academic level, and needs to be experienced to be understood.

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