Vacation Scheme Student at Simmons & Simmons LLP

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

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed the insight I gained into the firm and the legal industry during my week. Not only did I see the types of skills needed and tasks undertaken by a trainee solicitor, but I gained a really good understanding of the firm's clients and some of the challenges and trends impacting them.


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

Firstly, everyone in my department was very friendly to me, which immediately created a distinct lack of hierarchy. I was also kept busy and did lots of work which was not only challenging but useful for the department as well. This meant that I felt that I could contribute something useful to the work which they were doing.


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

I was assigned both an associate supervisor, who I shared an office with, and a trainee buddy who both assigned me work and were generally friendly points of contact. They were both very happy to answer any of my questions or give me some help on any tasks which I was undertaking, as was everyone else in the department.


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

The tasks I completed required a lot of careful attention to detail and research skills, which will be directly useful for my career, but I think that there were also a lot of other 'soft skills' which I witnessed as well. This included how to communicate with clients, how to run a meeting efficiently and how to interact with colleagues.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

There was a good spread of both time spent in my department, doing work and other legal tasks, and other events which helped us to gain a wider insight into the firm, their staff and their strategy. This included networking events with partners and trainees and range of talks. Overall, there was a good balance.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Everyone who I met at the firm was genuinely really friendly and approachable. People seemed interested in me and valued my work. Although people were busy trying to finish work and transactions just before Christmas, that still did not create an atmosphere of stress in the department, which I really appreciated.


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

As the scheme was only a week long, there was not much time for training and development. However, they did give a presentation on how to develop the 'soft skills' necessary to be a successful lawyer, which was very helpful and helped the participants to evaluate themselves and consider what their unique strengths might be.


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?

It gave a very good insight into the type of work carried out by the firm, the skills needed for the role and what the people there were really like. However, the scheme was only a week long and there were a number of social events, which would probably not be as frequent in a full time role with the firm.


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

I gained a really good understanding of the type of firm that they were- which is ambitious yet friendly and supportive- and the type of people that they employ. It was also useful as we met the Senior Partner of the firm, who outlined where he wants the firm to be heading in the future, and how that might impact their culture.


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


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

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

There were lots of opportunities for this as the Graduate Recruitment Team organised events for us to meet both trainees and partners of the firm, which helped to gain an understanding of the type of people that they employed. It was good to do this in an informal setting as well as it felt like I could be myself.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

We had two social events- one was a drinks event on the first night, which was good to meet the other vacation scheme students. The other was a pizza making event on our penultimate night, which was really fun and it felt like we had really bonded as a group at that point.


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


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?