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Two day insight for first year students or second year students on a four year course at Herbert Smith Freehills. Consisted of panels and talks, workshops and work shadowing.

  1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  2. I enjoyed the insight a lot because it was useful in helping me gauge whether or not Herbert Smith Freehills would be a law firm that I would be interested in applying to. The workshops and the work shadowing were the most enjoyable elements of the insight as they gave you the most hands on approach.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  4. I felt valued because it was clear that a lot of thought and timing had been put into the workshop and accommodating those on it. The graduate recruiters were extremely helpful and welcoming. The trainee that I shadowed was very interesting and made sure that we were engaged and gave us a really good insight to the firm.


  5. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  6. The most useful guidance was given from talks such as applications and interviews as this is the most directly relevant area at this point in time. Speaking to the trainee that I shadowed was incredibly useful in regard to getting guidance into applying to a city law firm and I could ask questions as they came to me.


  7. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  8. I think that my networking skills are always developed from insight schemes such as these as you meet new people. This is particularly useful skill in all areas of life. We worked in teams during the workshop which helped developing teamwork skills alongside the skill that the workshop was specifically designed to improve. These skills are transferable and will help me as I continue to look for a career.


  9. How well structured was the insight?
  10. The insight was incredibly well structured. As soon as we came there it went smoothly with a nice set up in the room that we were working in. The timetable was clearly ran through at the beginning and presented in our booklets. It was adhered to almost perfectly and any changes were clearly communicated to us.


  11. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  12. The atmosphere was very friendly. The people who work at Herbert Smith Freehills were all very welcoming and made us feel welcome and able to ask questions in order to make the most of our time there. The people that I was on the workshop with were also really nice to meet and interact with which helped make the experience enjoyable.


  13. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  14. I think the insight days are investments in themselves. They made the day as accessible as possible to facilitate those who had been chosen to attend.


  15. 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?
  16. The work shadowing, workshops and trainee panel were incredibly useful in giving insight as to what it would be like to have a role in the firm. Speaking honesty with those who had recently been in a similar position to you fostered honesty which provided me with greater insight. I feel as though it would be a stimulating place to work.


  17. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  18. The insight gave me a clear insight into the culture of the company. The office tour and work shadowing as well as speaking to a wide range of individuals helped me see what kind of atmosphere and culture is cultivated there and picture whether I could see myself working and fitting in with it.


  19. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  20. Both insight days were valuable in helping me decide a bit more the path that I might take in regard to my future career. Asking how people found there work and what they did allowed me to assess whether it measured up to the things that I also enjoyed and was interested in. Practical elements of the day were the most useful in this aspect.


  21. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  22. I have sent my travel expenses to have them reimbursed. I have not received them yet but it is still within the six week period they prescribe.

  23. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  24. There were lots of opportunities to network with other employees, not just lawyers but also graduate recruitment. There was even a specified event in the evening designed for networking with employees. The only drawback was that after workshops or panels the speakers often did not stay to network with but this is understandable.


  25. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  26. The main social opportunity was a three hour evening networking event. This was enjoyable and in a lovely location. That atmosphere was fairly relaxed but there was no change of clothes so still seemed slightly formal. I unfortunately arrived late due to personal unexpected circumstances and was not able to make as much from it as I had hoped but enjoyed the time that I could spend there.


  27. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  28. Unfortunately, asides from pro bono which could largely be considered to be work related we did not find out about any outside activities that employees can get involved in asides from Christmas and Summer parties. One thing that was interesting however was the support that a trainee mentioned in regard to her professional rugby playing.


  29. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  30. Any insight day is very useful as you can gauge the culture of the firm and gain more knowledge into the world of a global law firm. Therefore I would recommend it to a friend. I think the work shadowing is particularly useful and makes me more likely to recommend this workshop.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law, Corporate Law

Central London and City

16th April 2019


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