A 2 day scheme at Ashurst's London office with shadowing of trainees in two departments, alongside presentations introducing you to law firms as a business and the type of work which commercial lawyers do.
This scheme was incredibly enjoyable. The firm really made an effort to make us all feel welcome despite the fact we are only there for two days. They made a particular effort to ensure that you were placed in departments were of interest to us. There was a social occasion including a dinner with members from throughout the firm on the final night. Having attended several first year schemes this was the most enjoyable.
I most definitely did feel valued. Graduate recruitment made to real effort to make everyone feel welcome and integrated. Members of the firm at all levels including senior partners were very interested to learn about your current academic position and interest, and answer any questions you had about the firm and their practice areas. The trainees I sat with on their supervisors were incredibly friendly.
Given this was only a two day scheme which involved a few hours each day shadowing, this was not particularly needed. However trainees endeavoured to explain the work they're doing to us despite the short period of time.
Having had prior interest in dispute resolution I feel that I have learned more about the practice area. However, I feel this is knowledge which will probably be more useful beyond my studies, such as an interview for training contracts and vacation schemes in the future. I believe they didn't give me directions as to my future career path/increasing my interest in an area of the law.
The skiing was incredibly well structured with a range of activities and shadowing for several hours integrated into each day. It all ran very smoothly and retained my interest.
I must fear was incredibly friendly and others have to submerged in the scheme seemed keen to build friendships with others attending. It had a considerably warmer atmosphere compared to other schemes attended.
Given this was only a first year scheme, the level was quite great for such an early stage. at the end of the two days graduate recruitment really encouraged you to training contract vacation scheme applications, as well as those for campus ambassador positions.
The day goes very genuine insight into the life of the training. Some of us got the form tasks which the trainees themselves usually do on a day to day basis. I had the opportunity to attend internal training.
I felt I've got a real feel for the friendly "the friendly, open-door and non-hierarchical culture of the firm.
I thought it was incredibly helpful in determining what type of firm I would like to apply to next year for vacation schemes.
Generously, reimbursement for both transport and accomodation were provided.
Yes throughout different members of the firm were on hand to speak to those on the scheme- at the drinks reception on the first night and the dinner on the last night, as well as throughout the days, during shadowing etc.
Very enjoyable and the firm had clearly gone to great effort, particularly given the length of the scheme.
There was some mention of firm sports from current trainees talking about their lives, but no mention of it otherwise.
I feel this scheme is an invaluable insight for first years as it is one of the few which goes beyond being just an open day with presentations; the opportunity to shadow is more unique and provides a more accurate insight into life as a trainee from an early stage in your studies.