Trainee Solicitor at Shearman & Sterling LLP

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Construction/Trades Corporate Law Legal/Law


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed it exceedingly because it gave me very good insight into what life is really like in a top City law firm.


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

I felt like I was encouraged to speak up and my opinion was welcome.


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

The support was okay.


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

It definitely helped in interviews after the vacation scheme ended.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

It was very well structured.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The office was quite intense but the feeling of adrenaline was quite contagious.


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

I think they invested a lot of time in making sure I understood the work and ensuring that I was able to follow all the events that were occurring in the various transactions that I was (tangentially) involved in.


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?

Excellent. I was given work by associates, partners and trainees from the get-go and was given full briefings before attending any client meetings.


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

It gave me a decent insight into the company culture but each practice group has a different sub-culture so it is difficult to generalise.


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

It was very valuable in allowing me understand what life in Shearman is like and in deciding that this is a career path that I wanted to pursue further.


Other Information

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

I was paid about £700 for the 2 weeks.

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

Yes. There were Question and Answer sessions with trainees and associates from different practice areas. We were also encouraged to seek out people in the practice areas that we were interested in - HR was also happy to get involved in arranging those meetings if need be.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were fun. We had a day out to Duck and Waffle and had a cooking class.


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

Not really. We heard from the Pro Bono director though.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I definitely would recommend to anyone.