Over the two-day scheme, we engaged in a range of activities, including hearing case studies from cases that the Public and Corporate law departments had worked on, an ADR workshop, loads of networking opportunities, a talk on HSF's pro bono work and multiple social events.
In general, the insight day was filled with interactions with trainees, partners and associates, not only through skills workshop or general talks that provides an insight to the operations and practice areas of the firm, but through networking sessions and social activities as well.
Developed key skills through interactive activities run by highly experienced lawyers throughout the different sectors in the firm. Insights into disputes resolutions practice, our market-leading corporate work and pro bono initiatives. An opportunity to get to know our culture and people from across the firm in an informal setting. Applications workshop and skills workshops.
During the insight, I was introduced to the firm and following this, engaged in a disputes case study. This was followed by an introduction to the advocacy group and the role of trainees in preparing and presenting. During the afternoon, we engaged in an ADR workshop. This involved discussing case details, creating mediation terms and discussing with another group representing the other party’s interests. Finally, Day 1 ended with a Chocolate making social activity.
We used the online HopIn platform to attend a series of talks and seminars by different associates and Partners within the firm. For the more interactive sessions, such as networking with trainees and the 'careers fair', we broke out into smaller groups so that we could have one-to-one conversations with those working at Herbet Smith Freehills. We were able to choose who we spoke to, how long for, and had the option to turn on our microphones and cameras in order to replicate what an in-person networking event may look like.
2 day virtual scheme consisting of various talks on the firm, the application process, pro bono and disputes and corporate case studies; workshops on ADR and technical skills; networking with trainees and employees from different practice areas; and a chocolate making social activity.
Throughout this two-day programme, we attended virtual presentations from different departments at HSF, namely disputes, corporate and ProBono. We worked alongside peers in a mediation negotiation workshop, which was oversaw by a trainee solicitor; this was well organised and gave a real insight into the ADR department. There was plenty of opportunities to network with trainees and associates from many departments. We had a chocolate making social on zoom, paid for by HSF.
I really enjoyed the virtual vacation scheme. The socials, presentations and the workload were all delivered very effectively even though it was all done online. The socials were fun and engaging, allowing me to really connect with the other people on the scheme. The presentations were very intriguing and insightful, providing me with a better understanding of firm's work and expertise. I was given a good amount of intriguing and diverse work, as well as sufficient contact with supervisors and my trainee buddee.
The vacation scheme was fantastic. I learnt a lot the different practice areas at the firm and also about the mechanics of how a law firm operates with regards to the roles of different practice groups and how different departments integrate with one another. Everybody at the firm was very friendly and happy to help with any questions or issues.
Really interesting scheme - genuine effort was made by the GR team and all those involved to provide a real insight into the firm's offering and what a future career at the firm might look like. It was useful to get experience over two weeks in separate departments and receive work from within these - alongside more general presentations from the various teams and additional exercises which encouraged group work and getting to know the other individuals on the scheme.
It was good but not excellent - the insight scheme was designed to give us additional information on how to break into the legal sector. I enjoyed being advised on how to make my future applications stand out, but I got the impression that other people on the insight were overly competitive. This is not surprising, but one would hope that attendees would be more collaborative, as that is what the legal sector is supposed to be about.
The virtual experience was really well done, with many informative talks. I enjoyed it quite a lot, as it was clear that the Graduate Recruitment team put in effort to make us feel included and learn as much as we could without the in person experience of being in the law firm offices. I particularly enjoyed the one-on-one chats with trainees and partners, which gave a more personalised insight into the firm itself and the culture.
It was a very informative virtual scheme which ultimately helped me make my decision to accept my training contract offer. We had the opportunity to get insights into the different practice areas, pro bono work, ask questions, meet with partners and trainees on an individual 1-1 basis, and build terrariums as part of the social event, all of which were quite enjoyable. Everyone I met at HSF was very friendly and happy to meet with me to discuss any queries I had or connect me with others.