The first 'business of law' week was a great opportunity to learn more about how business and law are so interconnected, go on client visits and hear from speakers from other industries who are impacted by the legal market. The second and third weeks were structured as a typical vacation scheme. Spending two weeks in the same department allowed me to develop good relationships with people in the team and get fully involved with live matters. I felt like the training and sessions from the first week were beneficial during the rest of the vacation scheme.
I felt like a member of the team. I was respected by those around me and made to feel very welcome.
I had daily catch ups with my supervisor, where I received valuable feedback on my work and could ask any questions I had about the firm, the work or life as a lawyer generally. The graduate recruitment team were extremely supportive during the scheme. I felt comfortable approaching them when I required guidance.
I have developed my practical legal skils over a short space of time by being involved with live matters and experiencing tight deadlines. I am sure this will prove very useful during the rest of my studies and beyond.
The first week was very well structured in terms of the training sessions and activites that were planned for us each day. The last two weeks were less structured, however this was appropriate considering we were immersed in a real working environment.
My impression of the firm is very positive. The people are friendly and were welcoming from the start. The social events planned for us in the evening were fun and showed that a good work/life balance is important to the firm.
During the first week, we received a good amount of personal training and development sessions and it was definitely felt that the firm made a huge invesment in us.
I believe I have gained a realisitic insight into life at the firm as I was sat in the open plan office amongst employees and was involved in live matters.
I feel like I gained a good insight into the firm's culture as I had the opportunity to meet many people who I got on with well.
I was given typical trainee tasks to complete, which gave me more of an idea of life as a trainee solicitor. This definitely helped me understand what is required of a trainee solicitor.
I was paid a good amount for attending the scheme.
We had various social events in the evenings which presented many opportunities to meet people from all levels of the firm - from partners to trainees.
The social events were varied and a great way to meet the vac schemers and get to know them well.
We had the chance to attend a dinner with the firm's pro bono clients where we found out how the firm benefits them and how strong relationships have been built.
Yes definitely, it was both enjoyable and challenging which is what I wanted out of a vacation scheme.