First Year Insight Scheme at Herbert Smith Freehills

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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Corporate Law Property/Real Estate

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I had an absolutely fantastic time on the insight scheme, learning about what really lies at the heart of Herbert Smith Freehills and its values as a firm. The opportunity to meet people from all across the firm, in the various departments and in their various stages of the career, provided a fantastic insight.


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

I felt incredibly valued during my term on the scheme, which was due to the fact that everyone I interacted with was willing to give up so much of their precious time to speak to me and answer all and any questions I had, as well as many giving me their cards and suggesting we meet at a later date for coffee.


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

The whole of the insight scheme was structured and organised very clearly and coherently, and hence each activity led very naturally onto the next, without any of us being confused as to what was required of us. Also, in the context of the trainee shadowing, my trainee was extremely attentive and talked us through every stage of what we were doing.


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

The various workshops, which included the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Negotiation workshop, provided a fantastic opportunity to practice such fundamental skills in the context of a legal problem. The presence of trainees helping and offering us advice, as well as an associate who ran the activity, gave us a deeper understanding of some of the legal nuances behind such tasks.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight scheme was extremely well structured, as one activity led very fluidly into the next, whilst also maintaining our engagement. After a series of presentations, it was nice to get involved in the more interactive activities on the agenda, such as the Alternative Dispute Resolution workshop and the Negotiation workshop.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere of the insight was generally very light and good fun, which was due to the good nature of the rest of the students on the scheme, but more importantly due to the attentiveness of the Graduate Recruitment team and all the members of the firm that we interacted with.


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


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?

The firm helped us understand the implications of having a full time role there, through enabling us to network at several stages with both trainees, associates and partners alike, and hence gage an understanding from there. However, it was the trainee shadowing that ultimately provided the most useful insight into what day to day life is really like.


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


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?


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?