Vacation scheme student at Herbert Smith Freehills

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
£20,000 - £21,999
Corporate Law Intellectual Property Law


About You
The Organisation
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About You

Role Description

Shadowing supervisors and performing tasks a trainee solicitor would do.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed the scheme. Was one of the best ones I have done - everyone has been so nice and the work has been top quality.


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

Felt very valued and not like I was a burden on anyone. This really helped me get more out of the scheme.


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

Supervisors were very supportive when they could be, although they were often very busy. Trainees were also very helpful and so were graduate recruitment.


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

The skills I have developed will be very useful for the future as I know I want to be a commercial solicitor so will be able to use the knowledge from the scheme to do so!


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Great structure - was good having the presentations either early in the morning or at the end of the day in order to not have to continuously leave your desk throughout the day.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

General atmosphere was one of a very friendly and welcoming firm. The work was challenging but very interesting which is what made it so enjoyable.


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

A lot of talks (such as the learning and development talk) really helped to develop our personal skills. Individuals at the firm would also invest their time in getting to know you and help 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?

I feel like I really got stuck in to what it would be like to be a trainee at the firm as was involved a lot in the trainee tasks which was great as I really enjoyed it.


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

It's one thing saying that you are an inclusive firm with a friendly culture, but actually having experienced this first hand, I know it to be true.


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

It has made me realise 100% that being a lawyer is what I want to do. Although, because I loved both my seats so much, I am now torn as to which departments I want to look into!


Other Information

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?

Yes lots of opportunities and because the scheme was three weeks, they were well spread out across the scheme.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

A lot of fun, was a great way to meet people from the firm, get to know them and find out about their experiences from the firm.


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

We had a Diversity and Inclusion fair but this wasn't specifically focused on the opportunities employees can get involved in outside of work and was more about the support the firm provides. I was only able to find out about activities through asking my trainee buddies.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Certainly - it has been very enjoyable and I have learned a lot. Would certainly be beneficial to others who are considering a career in law and want to experience working at a top law firm.