Future Trainee Solicitor at Linklaters

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£30,000+
Roles
Tax Law

6.7/10

About You
7.2
The Organisation
6.5
Everything Else

6.5

About You

Role Description

Will start as a Trainee Solicitor in March 2019

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed the vacation scheme a lot - the graduate recruitment organised a good amount of socials, and ensured that the vacation scheme students were always occupied. There were also many opportunities for interactive learning in a classroom setting, which was particularly engaging. The tasks assigned were also interesting and taught me very much.

7/10

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

I felt valued in during my time at Linklaters. This was most evident in the amount of time that my principal spent with me in order to teach me. At all times, the lawyers around were willing to engage with me, and made sure to check up on how I was doing.

8/10

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

I received adequate guidance. My primary reference point was my principal, who I sat in the same office with, and therefore was very accessible. Furthermore, my trainee buddy was very supportive and offered guidance on both the tasks that I was assigned, as well as general tips on how to impress on the vacation scheme, in order to convert it into a Training Contract.

7/10

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

The skills I developed will definitely help me beyond my degree studies, and well into working life. For a start, there were many introductory sessions into the Linklaters practice groups, which already helped me to understand more about how law firms function. Furthermore, the sessions were very informative and went a long way to teach me about fundamental areas of corporate law.

7/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was well structured. There were opportunities for learning in a classroom setting, as well as engaging in real-life work that was assigned to me by the lawyers in the Tax department. Besides this, there was also ample time to get to know other people in the firm through socials, and helped me to cement my decision that I wanted to join Linklaters.

9/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere was very pleasant. Although there were times in the Tax department where people were noticeably busy and did not want to be disturbed (as with all law firms), the atmosphere was always welcoming and people were often willing to have a chat - whether it be about work or just about how the vacation scheme was going.

6/10

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

I believe that the firm invested an ample amount in me. Besides the introductory sessions to the different Linklaters practice groups as a part of the structured vacation scheme, I was also invited to join the trainee's teaching sessions, which exposed me to a higher level of teaching. Furthermore, the lawyers around me were always willing to teach me if I did not understand a legal concept.

7/10

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?

To some extent, it is difficult to learn how it is like to work in a firm while undergoing a 2-week vacation scheme, due to its length. While I experienced tasks that a trainee would be expected to undertake, I could not see a deal to its completion and therefore will not understand the full trainee experience. Nevertheless, it was still useful.

5/10

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

The insight helped me to see the company's culture - in particular it's non-hierarchical culture. This was observed through the day-to-day interactions between the lawyers, which revealed that lawyers on all levels could get along well with each other. This was particularly encouraging, and helped me to realise that I want to work in a firm with an open culture like Linklaters.

7/10

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

The content helped me to decide my future career path to the extent that it cemented my decision to join Linklaters.

5/10

Other Information

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

I was paid a reasonable amount of money for my time, which was enough to cover my rent for the 2 weeks.

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

Yes, there were many opportunities to get to know lawyers in different practice areas through the introductory sessions. Furthermore, there was a dedicated breakfast session for the different departments to have a chat with the vacation scheme students. Also, there were dinners organised where vacation scheme students could meet Partners of the firm and chat with them in a social and relaxed setting.

8/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The networking and social event opportunities were sufficient, as explained above.

8/10

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

No, this was not a particular focus of the 2-week vacation scheme, although this was touched on briefly in the introductory session.

3/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, I would recommend the Linklaters vacation scheme to a friend.

7/10

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