The Insight Programme was very engaging, filled with workshops that allowed students to collaborate together to think about legal issues and gain an insight into the works and operations of a commercial law firm. There were insightful talks given by partners in various offices as well as current or future trainees, who offered useful advice.
The firm valued every individual participant and took time to answer everyone's questions truthfully with enough details they wanted and needed. Everyone felt included and the firm made an effort to allow students to make friends, with many breaks and long lunches, and allocating tables for students to first meet each other.
We received lots of support regarding the application process (building our CVs) and around gaining insight into the legal area as well. Partners and trainees talked about their practice areas and sectors, explaining how they were different from each other and providing an insight into the different works in each of them.
The cases we discussed were part of my degree studies, and will help me understand the modules they were in as well as the overall degree, and also help me excel in my exams. They also showed me what working at a commercial law firm will be like, with advice which will come useful when I start working.
The insight programme was filled with various activities and talks, and was structured carefully so that we weren't doing a similar activity over and over again on the same day. They also made sure we didn't lose our concentration after lunch by allocating more engaging activities and talks after lunch.
Everyone, including the employees at the firm and other participants, were friendly and always willing to help. The atmosphere was inclusive and engaging, making sure everyone had a great time and no one felt left out. Employees at the firm did not hesitate to help and answer any questions we had even after their sessions were over.
The firm helped us learn how to work with real commercial deals by giving us a case study and dividing us into teams so that we could have a taste at different stages of negotiation and drafting, and interpret a deal on our own as well. It was structured into a competition which made it more engaging.
The insight programme had many talks given by employees, who explained the works they did and what the atmosphere is like joining and working for the firm. We met employees at different stages, including those who were about to start their training and trainees and partners, which provided a thorough insight.
After the insight programme I really had a sense of how the company's culture was and how inclusive it was towards its employees, as well as how much effort they put into in ensuring diversity and inclusion. Everyone seemed to be enjoying their jobs and training, and eagerly recommended the firm to us.
Before the insight programme, I was still unsure about whether I wanted to set my foot in a legal career path, but the programme helped me realise how engaging and interesting the works of a commercial law firm can be. I became more determined to work in a city law firm.
We were reimbursed for our travels, and were also provided accommodation at a very nice hotel only 15 minutes away from the firm if we did not live in London. We were also provided breakfast and lunch and the firm reimbursed our dinners if they did not provide them to us.
We met many trainees and partners throughout the programme, either by talks or panel Q&As, and they joined us for breaks or lunches afterwards to talk to us and answer any questions we had. The networking atmosphere felt informal and comfortable, and the employees put their time into addressing any concerns we had.
There were many networking and social event opportunities every day of the programme, which included breaks and lunches with trainees and welcome drinks where we could talk to and ask questions to the graduate recruitment team. No one looked like they were forced to be there and everyone engaged in answering our questions.
There were talks dedicated to activities that employees can get involved in outside of work, which was very helpful in determining whether the firm was right for me. The firm has an established pro bono practice, which is the largest in the world, and also has other sports activities that employees can get involved in.
I would definitely recommend this insight as well as the firm itself to a friend because it felt very engaging and insightful, and I could grasp a sense of what working for the firm would be like. The firm itself was inclusive and friendly, despite being a successful global law firm.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
18th April 2019