Rating

4.6/5
  • About You
    4.5
  • The Company
    4.7
  • Everything Else
    4.8

    About You

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I had a fantastic experience on my two week vacation scheme at Allen & Overy. It served as a great introduction to the firm and its people, and I found that everyone was very interesting and had a lot to talk about (both the vacation scheme students and A&O people).

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  • Despite the short time I spent at Allen & Overy, I did feel very valued - mostly because everyone was friendly and helpful. What also particularly made me feel part of the firm was that I got the opportunity to get involved in volunteering/access initiatives even though I was only here for a short time - I helped out with two SmartStart events, and both of them were very enjoyable.

    5/5

  • 3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  • I always felt very well supported and Allen & Overy managed to achieve a really good balance whereby we had autonomy and were encouraged to seek out other trainees to arrange individual coffee sessions to ask questions and also to seek out work by introducing ourselves to others in the department.

    5/5

  • 4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I am hopefully that all the skills and knowledge I developed will help me in the future. Sitting in the banking team, I was tasked with reading documents maybe twice or thrice over to make sure that there were no errors or duplications. I will certainly use this attention to detail in my degree and other jobs going forward.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 5. How well structured was the insight?
  • The insight was incredibly well structured - we were given iPads with a timetable planned and we knew clearly exactly when events were. Other information was well communicated to us. Moreover, we sat in one seat for the duration of the two weeks. This was a good structure as it allowed you to get good insight into one department and to get to know the team rather than moving around and only getting a brief introduction to the work the department engages with.

    5/5

  • 6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  • The general atmosphere was very warm and friendly; people really aren’t exaggerating when they emphasise the accessible and amazing culture of Allen & Overy. Everybody has time for you (even if you have to fit in between a few meetings!) I never felt uncomfortable in the office nor awkward to walk in and ask someone a question if I was unsure.

    5/5

  • 7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I found that Allen & Overy invested a great deal into our personal training and development. This ranged from IT sessions to understand the software that the firm uses, to talks and presentations from senior staff, which aimed to improve our own presentation skills. I feel that I have come away from this vacation scheme more confident and prepared for the next steps in my career.

    5/5

  • 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?
  • The insight was really useful in understanding what a full time role with the firm would be like. This was through formal opportunities such as talks about training contracts, practice areas, and other presentations for instance on pro bono work. Also, the desk work was clearly useful to getting an understanding of what it would be like to be an Allen & Overy trainee.

    5/5

  • 9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  • The insight at Allen & Overy gave me a really great understanding of the company culture - although nobody shies away from how hard they work and at times the work can be stressful and challenging, everyone was very friendly and approachable and happy to help out with any query.

    5/5

  • 10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  • I found the content of this vacation scheme very valuable. I'm still not certain what type of law I would like to specialise in, but I do have more of an idea of what interests me. I am told that many don't make up their mind till they start training anyway.

    4/5

    Everything Else

  • 11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  • I was paid a weekly sum for the time I spent at Allen & Overy.


  • 12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  • There were many opportunities for network and meeting other employees of Allen & Overy. This was through more formal opportunities - for instance in the team that you are sitting in, various talks, and also through more informal opportunities such as chatting to people at events. Generally, almost everyone was happy to spend some time having a chat.

    5/5

  • 13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  • I really enjoyed the social and networking events at Allen & Overy!

    5/5

  • 14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  • Yes, I found out about lots of activities that employees can get involved in.

    5/5

  • 15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  • I would 100% recommend this insight to a friend. Really enjoyable and insightful two weeks!

    5/5

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Legal/Law

12th June 2018


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