Vacation Scheme Student at Herbert Smith Freehills

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


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed my summer vacation scheme at the firm


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

I felt that a lot of effort was put into organising the vacation scheme, and this made me feel valued while I was at the firm.


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

My supervisors, even when they were busy, made sure that I was getting work, and that I got the opportunity to meet a lot of people.


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

I don't think that the skills I developed and information I received will assist me in my degree, but beyond that, I think they will be useful for my career as a commercial lawyer.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The vacation scheme was very well structured - we were given schedules at the start of the scheme, and the social activities and presentations organised for us fit well within our work schedules.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Everyone was very friendly, and went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable and welcomed.


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

I don't think that there was any specific focus on our personal training and development, but there were lots of opportunities to meet, hear from and speak to people at the firm, from trainees to the managing partner.


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 think that the vacation scheme provided a realistic insight into what it would be like to work as a trainee at the firm.


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

I think because the vacation scheme provided a realistic insight into what it would be like to work at the firm, I think that I got a real sense of the firm's culture.


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

The realistic insight I gained from the scheme helped confirm that commercial law was the career path which I would like to take.


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?

All of the social activities we had involved employees of the firm, from trainees to partners.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The networking opportunities were great, but the social activities could have been better organised, as this would have enabled the vacation schemers to get to know one another very well.


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

Yes, we got an opportunity to attend a networks fair, during which we spoke to representatives from different networks within the firm such as the Women's, Multicultural, Social and the Ability networks. We also attended a presentation on the firm's pro-bono work as well as prepared and presented our own pro-bono project.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, I would definitely recommend taking part in this vacation scheme