I enjoyed learning more about the practice area in which I was placed, and enjoyed meeting with different lawyers. I didn't feel like I got a good insight into the firm though.
Not very. My buddy and the team were happy to assist me and lawyers from other teams were happy to talk too. However there were no introductions on the first day with anyone else I was simply sat down with my buddy. The whole scheme felt like a competition.
Graduate recruitment were very elusive and only in contact to tell us about what we needed to do to get the training contract. It didn't feel like here was much focus on getting to know the firm or personal development.
I developed good insight into the area I sat in and chatted to lots of interesting people. The scheme also boosted my CV.
It definitely felt like you only got out of the scheme what you put in, which is fine, but not really what I wanted from an insight scheme. There was no real introduction of review at the end of the placement.
The team were friendly and once I'd found the other vac schemers we got along well. The whole atmosphere felt very competitive though since it was very focused on passing a test to get the training contract, and not an insight into the firm or opportunity for personal development.
Nothing really, I felt very much left to it.
It was a good insight into life at the firm and the type of work I would be doing in the practice are I was sat in.
The firm pushes its values a lot so I got to know them quite well. The scheme did change my perceptions of the firm though since I thought it was very alternative and people-focused, however it actually was quite competitive and growth-centred.
I was placed in a practice area which I was already interested in, and the placement confirmed I would like to complete a seat in it as a trainee.
The salary was good
There were good opportunities for networking since there were two socials during the week. The onus was on the vac schemers to message other lawyers and this was encouraged a lot.
One was drinks and pool with lawyers from the team and the other was a meal at a restaurant with amazing veggie burgers.
For learning more about the placement area and life in a national law firm, yes.
For feeling part of the firm, feedback for personal development and future opportunities with the firm, no