I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual vacation scheme with Herbert Smith Freehills, not least because training contract offers were made before the scheme took place. Without the pressure of being evaluated over the course of the week, I was free to focus on learning more about the firm. I especially enjoyed the departmental and pro bono presentations. The scheme would have benefited from a work experience element and by being extended to two or three weeks. Overall, however, the scheme was very enjoyable.
The Herbert Smith Freehill's vacation scheme was very enjoyable. The two weeks were well organized, with a high standard of work, presentations of life at the firm, especially those focused on life as a trainee (Pro Bono & Citizenship, The importance of legal research, Learning and Development networking session) and social events (dinner on the first night with the other Vacation schemers and chocolate making during the second week!).
I really enjoyed the Disputes Insight Day. It was well organised, ran smoothly, we were given sufficient breaks with very nice refreshments and I learnt a lot about a wide range of practice areas within the disputes practice. It was great to hear from a variety of professionals with lots of experience and key case studies. It was a very interesting day.
The Disputes Open Day was a uniquely insightful event and one I enjoyed thoroughly. I appreciated the fact that it was a day tailored to a specific part of the practice rather than being a general open day about everything the firm has to offer. I benefited from the in-depth insight provided.
I very much enjoyed the vacation scheme at Herbert Smith Freehills. The work was enormously varied, and I particularly like the way we got involved in substantive client matters. The range of work, from drafting client letters or legal agreements to doing research memos to proofreading documents, really helped to get a sense of what a career here is like.
I really enjoyed the vacation scheme. It truly allowed me to see how the firm functioned in terms of its culture, but also see the differences between different departments. We were given real work to do and I often looked forward to coming in to work everyday, which is a good sign!
I did enjoy the insight Vacation Scheme, as there was the opportunity to sit in two different departments over the three weeks. The social events were relatively regular and varied, and there was good exposure to the more senior members of the firm, including the Senior Partner. It felt that they were really trying to demonstrate how much they wanted you.
The scheme provided a well balanced and rounded view of the firm, giving experience in two seats over the three weeks. Seat choices were generally given, and those who didn't get their top choices still ended up enjoying what they did. Getting a sense of the firm culture was easy throughout the three weeks.
The scheme was well structured and gave a good feel for the firm. The length of time is really great, and allows you to see quite a lot from the firm. People are very friendly, and most are expecting vacation scheme students, meaning you don't feel like too much of an outsider.
I found the insight to be quite enjoyable. We were given many activities to do every day, both social and professional, and the standard of work was generally interesting. All of the lawyers were friendly and the Recruitment advisors worked hard to make sure everyone had an enjoyable time at the firm.
Greatly enjoyed the scheme. The events were well co-ordinated, and we were looked after well. The regular spread of events meant there was always something to look forward to. I particularly enjoyed the Murder Mystery Activity which was different and fun, as well as the event at the Aviary - a superb venue.