I enjoyed the vacation scheme immensely as it was a great opportunity to learn a lot more about the firm, and also to develop personally through the challenges faced at work. I gained a better understanding of what the real estate department does in practice, and also about different aspects of life as a trainee at BCLP. My supervisors were very supportive and guided me through the questions I had, and always provided helpful feedback for my assignments.
I enjoyed the vacation scheme to a large extent. Generally, the people at the firm were very willing to get to know us, delegate meaningful tasks, provide guidance and feedback. BCLP's practice areas and strength in real estate and asset finance were quite different from the other firms I had internships in. Therefore, the scheme was a great learning opportunity. The small intake of the HK scheme enabled us to build deeper relationships with our batch mates and our buddies.
Real work opportunities. Trainees, associates and even partners are very engaging and of course encouraging. They invest time in training and nurturing talents. Lots of inter-office webinars that keep colleagues updated of the recent legal development, which are rare in their competitors. The recruitment team has so far striven to keep everything open and honest, even if it sometimes means disappointment to candidates. Overall the firm has been great in managing expectation, whether it is related to work or not.
The scheme was well put together and exposed me to BCLP at a level I didn't expect. Although virtual, I feel I didn't miss out on anything BCLP had to offer. The friendly culture of the firm was as evident as the firm's high-quality training - further increasing my desire to begin my legal career with BCLP.
I really enjoyed the Virtual Vacation Scheme offered by the firm. We were allocated a Trainee Buddy in our chosen seat and had virtual coffees with other members of the department. The webinars were very interesting and it was clear that the sessions had been well thought out and prepared. Although unfortunately, it was not possible to undertake real tasks for the department, I very much enjoyed writing a position statement for a 'pretend' case and learned a great deal in doing so.
The virtual vacation scheme was brilliant and far exceeded my expectations. I was concerned with it being a virtual scheme, I might not get a feel for the firm. However, through the virtual sessions and number of representatives of the firm I got to speak to, the firm's culture shone through. I was also able to take part in several case study sessions to gain an in-depth understanding of the work the firm does.
The vacation scheme had become virtual because of Covid-19 and so I was expecting less from the scheme. However, I was mistaken. I thoroughly enjoyed the scheme, as I got to attend numerous sessions and socials with the firm. I got to arrange coffees with trainees, associates, senior associates and partners. I also heard a session from the UK managing partner. The trainee buddy system was helpful in understanding the dynamics of the firm and as a person to refer to whenever you need anything. Overall, the scheme was very enjoyable despite being virtual.
It was a really good insight into the firm. It was really well structured and gave myself and the other vacation schemers a really good feel for both the culture and the work at BCLP. This would likely have been a 10 had it not been for the pandemic forcing the scheme online, which sometimes lacked interaction.
It was a really positive introduction to the firm, especially as the vacation scheme was intended to run for 2 weeks instead of 1. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to learn more about the culture of BCLP, as well as looking at case studies of the work that you have completed in the past. The only drawback was the technical issues, but as I said on the scheme that was largely due to my own connectivity and the other issues were quickly resolved.
I enjoyed the vacation scheme to a great extent! I gained so much information about the firm and from a wide range of speakers. This included an Introduction to the firm, Introduction to Innovation, Client and International Secondments available, and also Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility.
I absolutely loved the virtual vacation scheme BCLP ran. The support given by lawyers from all levels of seniority was truly invaluable. The firm not only educated me on the culture, work and training but also informed me on industry trends, challenges and opportunities.
It was genuinely a greatly insightful experience. I had the opportunity to ask different individuals, at all levels of the firm, questions and they were always enthusiastic to respond. Further, I learned a great deal of new information about Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner that I had otherwise not come across previously in my search.
I enjoyed the scheme thoroughly. I was hoping to find out both about the firm's culture as well as get an in-depth insight into its work and I felt that the scheme was designed to address both of these aspects thoroughly. Because of its strong interactive element (consistent Q&A and ability to reach out to workers at the firm) the scheme was made particularly engaging, therefore enjoyable!
I thoroughly enjoyed my insight. The amount of knowledge and expertise we were exposed to was incredible and I really felt like I was given an in-depth insight into the work and culture of the firm despite the scheme being run online. The presentations/sessions were extremely informative and getting a chance to interact with the sessions (e.g. through polling) only improved the experience. Everyone at the firm that I interacted was extremely welcoming and friendly and this helped to make me feel at ease during my vacation scheme.
The key highlight for BCLP's virtual vacation scheme was definitely the ability to get in touch with not only junior fee earners, but also senior fee earners and their willingness to satisfy you curiosity about their work and experiences, but also about the firm more broadly.