Vacation Scheme Student at Shearman & Sterling LLP

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


About You
The Organisation
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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The vacation scheme was enormously enjoyable; there was no shortage of interesting and intellectualy challenging work, as well as opportunities to interact with various individuals within the firm and with other vacation scheme students in a variety of contexts


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

I was assigned lots of substantive work during both of my two 'seats', and the trainees and junior associates who I was working with spent considerable time discussing it with me. I found all the people at the firm to be friendly, personable and hugely generous with their time.


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

We received detailed formal talks into the various practice areas of the firm, and were able to discuss things further with the lawyers we were working alongside.


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

As a non-law student, there are only limited transferable skills between the vacation scheme and my degree itself. However, it definitely demonstrated to me the value of brevity and precision in writing.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Highly so; a detailed timetable was provided, and stuck to for the duration of the two weeks. Moreover it was done in a way which did not seem disjointed or arbitrary, but which demonstrated that considerable thought had gone into the scheme - allowing us to experience both breadth of practice areas and also depth within them.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Very positive; the firm's culture is driven but friendly, and all the lawyers I met - from partners to trainees - were lovely. Vacation scheme students were treated with genuine respect, and everyone seemed interested in us as people.


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

Aside from a formal training session in how to use the firm's computer systems, I was also given brief introductions to various practice areas by the lawyers I was working with. However, much of the training was done 'on the go' rather than through pedagogic teaching - I found that this was ultimately much more useful.


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?

Spending two weeks at Shearman & Sterling was undoubtedly useful in helping me acquaint myself with the role of a trainee solicitor at the firm - I was able to see firsthand the sort of work done and the way in which the firm operated.


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

Through working in two different practice areas, as well as interacting with individuals from a variety of others, I was able to get a good feel for the culture of the firm, which I found to be energetic whilst simultaneously humane.


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

The vacation scheme confirmed to me that I would be interested in a career at a firm like Shearman & Sterling, namely a large law firm focussing on international transactions.


Other Information

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

We were appropriately remunerated.

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

There were several formal and informal opportunities for networking.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were varied and uniformly enjoyable, ranging from a cookery tutorial to dinner at a nearby restaurant. In addition, I was invited to a departmental Christmas party, which was a spectacular affair.


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

Not particularly; however, information was available.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Without doubt - a thoroughly enjoyable two weeks.