Vacation Scheme Student at Herbert Smith Freehills

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000
Commercial Law Corporate Law


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

Role Description

A three-week insight into the life and work of a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills with the opportunity to interview for a Training Contract at the end of the scheme.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed the work and the events during the placement, although it is a challenging 3 weeks.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Definitely. In each practice that I sat in, every member of the team made an effort to get to know me as a colleague and as an individual. This was consistent in all levels of the firm, bit it a Partner or a Trainee. We were given a supervisor and a trainee buddy also, which clearly identified who we could turn to if we had any concerns.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

A lot of guidance when it came to the work. However, each piece of written work we completed were included as part of our appraisal.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

As an English Literature student, I was pleased to develop the skills that I use in my degree over the course of my placement - for example, reviewing, summarising and analysing documents.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Very structured. We were given a schedule on our first day which contained detail information of presentations and events that were running throughout the scheme.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Very collegiate and inclusive, amongst the wage earners and the vacation scheme students alike. There was no sense of competition, which meant that the atmosphere was generally supportive,


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

A lot. There were various presentations running throughout the scheme and supervisors were very generous with their time.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I feel as though I have a good understanding of what it would be like to have a full time role with HSF. The experience was very hands-on and practical and vacation scheme students were often contributing to cases dealt with by their supervisors.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Extremely useful insight into the culture and values of HSF.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

Since the vacation scheme gave us direct insight into the day-to-day role of a solicitor, it was very valuable.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were a number opportunities, particularly during the socials which were well-attended by partners, associates and trainees.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Good fun and in incredible venues.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes. I had the opportunity to shadow a trainee at Whitechapel Legal Clinic and learnt about the various networks at the firm.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Without a doubt.