The winter vacation scheme is very intense in the best possible way. Although exhausted when it's over there is a great pride in what you have achieved and what you have overcome. The social events are great and the client pitch exercise is a great way to really get to know some of the other vacation scheme students.
The vacation scheme was a great experience as the Graduate Recruitment team put in a lot of effort to make sure that we got a good insight into different experiences you have as a commercial lawyer at Allen & Overy. There were a number of opportunities to interact with employees of the firm and that really helped me to understand more about the culture of Allen & Overy. So, therefore, it was a very enriching experience. However, because it was a short scheme and there were a number of activities scheduled in the time, it got a bit hectic at times. But that was okay as the activities were a lot of fun.
I thoroughly enjoyed my insight at Allen and Overy and couldn't recommend it highly enough. It was a great opportunity to experience life as a commercial lawyer and I was given the chance to see some of the great work they were involved in, chat to people in all areas of the profession and understand what it takes to become a lawyer in a top law firm.
I had an incredible time at Allen & Overy. Everyone was really friendly and welcoming and I felt that I was given real work that gave me insight into what life would be like as a trainee. The social events that took place were also really well organised and allowed me to get to know a variety of people.