Vacation Scheme Student at Linklaters

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Moorgate Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Commercial Law

9.2/10

About You
9.5
The Organisation
9.2
Everything Else

9.0

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I thoroughly enjoyed the winter vacation scheme that I completed with Linklaters. From the very first interview until the last social event and farewell I felt that I had gained an invaluable insight into not just commercial law but also the culture and practices of Linklaters specifically. Everyone was extremely welcoming and I met some friends for life.

10/10

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

At such a large commercial law firm, I think there can be a misconception that you will not be working on big deals or doing work of tangible value. However, I did not find this at all. I found that the work that I completed was not only valued by my principal, but would be genuinely helpful for those I worked with within the department. In addition, being trusted to work on such high profile and exciting cases will inevitably make you feel valued, as I did.

9/10

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

My principal was extremely present and supportive (despite obviously being very busy) and my trainee buddy was also excellent and on hand to answer questions or grab coffee. I was also surprised that the partner who had interviewed me even checked in to see how I was doing during the vac scheme which really shows the supportive culture at Linklaters. In addition, whilst I was on the vacation scheme I unfortunately got sick. During this time, graduate recruitment were extremely kind and reassuring.

10/10

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

I had actually graduated from my undergraduate degree when I undertook the vacation scheme at Linklaters. However, now studying the mini legal project we undertook was an invaluable start to learning about commercial law. I also improved my practical skills of working in a law firm as well as my time-management (as there is a lot to do in two weeks!) and written professional communication.

9/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

It was very well structured, we were given a programme at the beginning of the two weeks and we always knew what was going on. Graduate recruitment were excellent and always in contact with us to let us know of any changes to our diary and organised both formal networking and informal social events throughout the scheme which made things exciting.

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere was great, I cannot fault Linklaters as a workplace and my time spent on the scheme learning about "team Linklaters" made me certain that this was the law firm for me. Everyone, at all levels, was friendly and welcoming and on hand to help you if you needed. Being in the office at Christmas was especially enjoyable, too.

9/10

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

The company invested in us throughout. We had multiple informative department presentations, events and tasks aimed at improving our knowledge of areas that we did not get a change to sit in. We also completed group tasks and a pitch exercise which was a new experience for a lot of us (including myself) and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

9/10

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?

Everyone was really upfront about their experiences of working for Linklaters and there were numerous networking activities. So, as well as gaining my own insight and opinions throughout the scheme, the views of others were available to help me understand what life is really like working for a magic circle law firm.

9/10

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

Obviously the best way to understand the culture of the company is to experience it first hand, which the vacation scheme helped me to do. I was impressed with how inclusive and genuinely non-hierarchical it felt throughout (including from the very first interview). There also appeared to be a genuine open door policy in my department and a real sense of collegiality and teamwork throughout.

9/10

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

The experience helped me not only determine my desire to work for a large commercial law firm, but Linklaters specifically. I also enjoyed the work I undertook so much in my department it furthered my interest in being a lawyer in that specific area of practice. So, it was very valuable indeed.

9/10

Other Information

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

We were paid very generously throughout the scheme and fully reimbursed for any necessary expenses.

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

As previously stated, there were numerous opportunities to meet people from different departments within the firm. This included partners, associates and trainees. I also enjoyed chatting to those from the business services and found that everyone that I met whether formally or informally was happy to give advice and share their experiences.

9/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

These were really good - there were a great variety of events and dinners throughout which were a great addition to the scheme and provided an opportunity to relax too. They were also a great chance to meet and socialise with vacation schemers from some of the international schemes, too.

9/10

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

Yes, there appeared to be lots of activities for employees to get involved with outside of work at Linklaters. However, I might have found out more during a longer summer scheme!

8/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Without a doubt, the experience was amazing and extremely invaluable for all the reasons previously stated!

10/10

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