Very good in terms of work and pay. Enjoyable experience - had a really good principal and everyone I interacted with was willing to help and talk about their work. The work involved three simulation tasks which mirrored what trainees may be required to do. Challenging but definitely a good way to grow.
I attended timetabled sessions ranging from practice area overviews to a presentation by the Firmwide Managing Partner. I completed work for my Principal - such as researching letters of credit or drafting an agency fee letter. I set up virtual coffees with lawyers to build my network and gain insight into the firm.
I completed a virtual vacation scheme with Linklaters. I absolutely loved the experience. Linklaters was very supportive and gave a great insight into their firm and the work they are doing. Everyone made time to have a chat about their practice area and I am convinced that I was able to really understand what it will be like working as a trainee for Linklaters.
It was great to meet a group of new people, but the HR team at Linklaters were less than satisfactory. I spoke to many Trainee Solicitors and to my surprise they were on the whole very miserable in their jobs. I would think that they enjoy earning so much money, but the consensus was that it just isn't worth the extremely late nights, mental struggle and being screamed at by Managing Associates and Partners.
I thoroughly enjoyed Linklater's Virtual Links series as it was clear that it was well thought out and planned. There were various activities for participants with which to engage and I came out of Virtual Links with a greater knowledge of the firm.
I enjoyed the vacation scheme very much - insights across practice areas were in-depth and well communicated. Work provided was challenging but supervisors took care to ensure all details were understood. Linklaters people were personable and obviously of exceptionally high-calibre. Socials were varied and networking events meant that we were introduced to a range of Linklaters representatives.
I throughly enjoyed the Winter Vacation Scheme at Linklaters, during December 2019. Despite the restricted timeframe (2 weeks), I felt I still got a really good insight as to what the working culture at Linklaters is truely like. Everyone was very welcoming from the beginning, and the scheme was packed with workshops, activities, assignments, sessions and socials throughout.
I really enjoyed my time at Linklaters. I felt valued by the firm, and had the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of trainee-like tasks. I had the ability to fully understand and grasp just what working at Linklaters as a trainee is like. Furthermore, we participated in a range of fun socials.
The insight into the firm was extremely rewarding and enriching. The teams are cohesive, encouraging, and supportive. The work the firm undertakes is of the highest quality, and the experience is unparalelled. Lots of events are organised to help you to get to know the group, which is truly special.
We had a fantastic graduate recruitment and HR team that helped facilitate all the administrative issues that we were faced with. The matters I was involved in were quite exciting and the departments I worked in were quite friendly and welcoming. Linklaters has such a great support system for vacation scheme students and this helps with understanding the firm better by giving each student a trainee buddy who is always happy to offer assistance. The networking and social events were quite well organised and a great opportunity to meet new people and engage in conversation on a broad range of topics.