The job basically involves sitting with a supervisor and helping them with any trainee level work that they have. You also are paired with a trainee who gives you little tasks to do.
I had a brilliant time. It was genuinely fun. The other people on the scheme were great and the people from the firm we worked with were fantastic too. There were many socials, and all the placement students would go out together aside from those as well. Only reason it doesn't get full marks is that it was still summer and it wasn't a beach.
People at the firm really made an effort in terms of explaining the way things work but also in terms of finding interesting and real work for you to do and then going through that and thanking you for it. From the partners to the secretaries and trainees, everyone was welcoming and took the time to help us fit in.
My supervisors were both fantastic. They really to the time to explain things to me but also allowed me to get on with tasks in my own way, before then giving me pointers on better time management, or more efficient ways of getting things done.
There were times when I could have maybe had a bit more to do but this is not a reflection of the firm or my supervisors but merely the reality of being a student and not actually being qualified to undertake much of the work that needs to be done.
Enough to feel like I was actually doing work that was needed and helpful, but I was never snowed under or put under too much pressure.
It was definitely a great insight into how the office environment works. They didn't try to hide the realities of the job from you and the supervision and support that was on offer meant that I feel like I was given a good platform upon which to build.
Definitely a lot more relaxed and fun than an outsider would think. Having said that, it is still an office. People are really down to earth at Linklaters though, success doesn't go to their heads.
I did 4 vacation schemes and linklaters were by far the most organised. HR were always on hand to answer any questions, and there was never any confusion over seat allocations or interviews etc. Everything was very open and transparent.
Considering it was just a placement and we hadn't yet been selected to join the firm I felt that they really did make an effort. Many extremely senior people took time out of their days to talk to us including the managing partner of the whole firm.
They interviewed everyone for a job and I was fortunate enough to be amongst the 80 odd percent who get offers following the placement. Great conversion rate and very very few people get offers and don't accept, which says it all really.
Still in touch with most of the people from my scheme.
Pricey, but to be expected. They paid us well.
It was in London so there was obviously an endless amount on offer.
Very good I felt. We were able to take part in sports matches for the firm and go along to various other events that they put on, not to mention the social events designed specifically for us.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Central London and City
2nd November 2011
Less than £ 10,000