Assist in a wide range of legal matters, such as attending to legal research and inquiries; and drafting correspondence, reports, and other basic legal documents;
Conduct factual research on existing and potential clients, competitors, and other topics as directed and draft summary;
Research and draft articles and legal updates;
Assist with presentation materials, proposals, agenda, minutes and reports;
Contacting various governmental authorities as required;
Other work that instructed by consultants and partners from time to time.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my Law and legal placement organised by Go Abroad China so much and was so sad to leave. It was clealy structured and i was never bored as i always had the chance to spend time with customers . I felt very welcomed and had a sense of achievement after leaving after and completing all my project.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I have always felt a valued member of the legal team. As my time progressed, I was given increasing responsbilities which shows how I became a trusted and valued member of the legal team.
I always felt listened to and had the ability to voice my concerns and opinions, which allowed me to contribute towards improving and streamlining processes it was very easy to approach other colleagues, including partners from different departments.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Throughout my internship at GAC, I never felt alone in the work that I did and I never felt as though I had no one to talk to to support me. The legal team, especially, provided constant support and guidance and this allowed me to do my best work and exceed my expectations of what I thought I would achieve this year. my Supervisors and the rest of the team were extremely supportive and because they were so approachable it meant asking for feedback or for more work was easy.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As a legal intern, I was very busy on a daily basis, particularly at quarter end. I was given real work to do with increasing responsibility as my time progressed. I had the opportunity to conduct work for another department, which allowed me to gain contentious experience as well as transactional experience.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a huge amount of responsbility during my internship . I had the ability to review and approve contracts and was even involved with negotiating with fully qualified customer lawyers. This allowed me to have great exposure to the legal world and also develop many professional and personal skills that I can utilise throughout my career.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have developed many fundamental skills this year that I will use back at university and also going forward in my future career as a lawyer. it has definitely developed my commercial awareness skills
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere at the firm was positive and fun, although this did not take away from the serious nature of the work carried that was bing done. he social aspect of the firm was great- various social events were planned for the placement students throughout the three weeks. During the first week we went out for dinner and cocktails with the trainees and on the last day of the placement I attended the office bowling night, which was a great way to end the placement. I attended various lunches through the placement, which allowed me to get to know the lawyers at the firm both on a personal and professional level.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I personally didn't think the induction was very well organised as we had no information on our service line even after the induction day. So that is definitely something they could improve on, however once we actually got settled I think it just depended on yourself to make the most out of it. Though, the programme was great to allow interns to become fully intergrated within the business
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There were various networking events, which allowed me to meet various other employees from the firm. For instance, there was a department meet and greet, which was great to network with other employees from different departments. Everyone at the firm was so approachable so meeting other employees was very easy, which made it quick to get to know the majority of employees at the firm
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
GAC are heavily invested in early talent and have many graduate schemes in place such as the Sales and Presales Academies. They really invests time into its employees in order to create a successful workforce.I will want to return after finishing my degree as I plan to first qualify as a solicitor inorder to be more equipped for the job opportunites available.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I have had the best year with my fellow interns and colleagues.Being in the legal department I have been fortunate enough to attend many socials with the commercial and legal teams. A range of events were planned which allowed for informal networking, which was really insightful as I received a lot of valuable information about the firm which I could use on a daily basis.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are many good places to go to for better nightlife that are just a short train ride away.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were activities to get involved with as part of the intern community. For example, the during the Christmas Party. The interns held a charity day where we had to come up with creative ideas to raise money for Action for Children. The interns also went to different communities for the day at the beginning of the internship.