I sat in two different practice areas with a principal. My principal would give me tasks to complete which were similar to tasks which a trainee could be expected to complete with the intention of giving me an idea of what it would be like to work in the firm as a trainee.
It was a really well organised placement with many talks and development sessions which were really beneficial.
Colleagues were very welcoming and interested to get to know students. More so than in other firms I have been to. They were all happy to answer questions about the firm and give me work.
My supervisors were really hands on and took a lot of time to explain the tasks they gave to me. This really contributed to a positive overall experience.
We were given additional projects to complete in our spare time which meant that even if our supervisors did not have much work we could get involved in, there was still something we could get on with. Therefore I always felt that I had something to do.
I think I was trusted with quite a lot of tasks. I think I was given work which a trainee could genuinely expect to do.
I think the biggest value of the placement comes from learning whether the firm is the right place for you and having the opportunity to interview for a training contract at the firm. I dont see that the main aim of the scheme is to develop skills to assist with your degree or career. This is more the role of the LPC which is completed after university.
There was a good atmosphere within the firm. The employees all seemed to get on well with each other and worked well as a team.
The scheme is excellently run. It is clear that a lot of effort has been put into organising the scheme. They put on excellent social events and the firm is very good at welcoming students. Additionally there are many talks about different practice areas and lectures about the strategy and structure of the firm. We also completed workshops and tasks such as litigation tasks and client pitches which all give you a good feel for what you can expect as a commercial lawyer.
I think the purpose of the scheme lies more in gaining an experience of the firm rather than building up a particular skill set and concentrating on training. However I would consider that the firm invests a lot in the scheme.
Sports and Social Club
We were interviewed at the end of the scheme and appraisals were handed in by our principles so there is a possibility of coming out of the scheme with a training contract if these go well.
We had two socials organised for us per week by the firm which were really enjoyable. Additionally the students organised independent get togethers and after work drinks. It was nice to have the opportunity to get to know each other outside work and having 30 of us on the scheme all at a similar stage at university made a big difference to my experience at the firm.
The firm is in the city of london so the cost of socialising is quite expensive! Having said that the two socials which were put on each week by the firm were completely paid for by the firm and all had sufficiently large budgets for really enjoyable nights. Obviously the cost of living in london is high but the firm could get people in touch with local student accommodation which they were able to rent out during their time at the firm.
The nightlife was really good and the socials were all great fun. We did fun activities such as wine-tasting and cocktail making and also had parties put on for us both in the firm and at great venues in London such as Kensington Roof Gardens.
We had the opportunity to get involved in sports teams of which there were a great range such as cricket, football, softball, sailing and horse riding. Also as we were at the firm during the summer there were a number of summer group parties in the different practice areas we were sitting in which we were invited along too which were really enjoyable.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Central London and City
18th August 2011
Less than £ 10,000