International Clerk at Linklaters

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Corporate Law

9.9/10

About You
10.0
The Organisation
9.8
Everything Else

10.0

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I had an incredible time during the insight- I xould sit in in both my preferred seats, and got a chance to attend extremely fun socials and informative sessions.

10/10

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

I felt like I was a part of the firm since day 1, and both my principals made an active effort to ensure that I was helping them with actual deals. I hence felt like I was contributing in a valuable way.

10/10

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

I had two trainee buddies and principals to help me navigate working at the firm, and the graduate recruitment team made sure to answer all my questions and clarify everything. Even outside of established support networks, everytime I asked anyone a question, I got detailed and comprehensive responses.

10/10

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

I have been introduced to new fields of law that I can explore during my degree studies. I have also learnt about how laws are used in practice, and the perspective this offers will allow me to look at law school courses in a different way.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was incredibly well structured. We had three assignments that introduced us to the three main departments at the firm, and had several sessions designed to help us socialise and learn about multiple different teams.

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere at the firm was very warm and welcoming. Everybody I have spoken to has been incredibly nice, and has made an active effort to ensure that I enjoy myself.

10/10

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

The firm provided me with comprehensive feedback and various opportunities to learn more about working there.

10/10

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 insight allowed me experience, or atleast to witness, life at two different seats. It also taught me how to manage my time well, and to work within its unique type of teams.
At the same time, I have become familiar with the social networks and culture at the firm. All this has given me a glimpse into what qualifying at Linklaters might feel like.

9/10

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

We have had various sessions about the strategy, client orientation, and culture of the firm. During my four weeks here, I experienced the firm's focus on diversity, inclusion, and innovation. I also saw how well the firm facilitates balanced lives through its agile working program, resource managers, and support networks.

10/10

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

10/10

Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

The firm arranged my visa, flights and accomodation, along with paying me a stipend for each week. Everything was extremely well arranged, and the accomodation was incredible. I never had to worry about spending four weeks in a new city, because Linklaters took care of every single concern I could have had.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were various opportunities each week to meet people at the firm, and we were encouraged to seek out conversations wherever we displayed a distinct interest. Many people met me for coffee and spoke to me about the work they do and why they enjoy it. I also attended events for incoming trainees, where I could speak to partners across practice areas.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The social events were diverse enough for everyone to enjoy, and were planned in a way that international clerks could get a glimpse of life in London. We went to escape rooms, cooking classes, ice skating, theatre, and various social networking events both within and outside the firm. Various exisitng employees joined us at these events.

10/10

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

I was interested in the firm's pro bono practice, and reached out to people about it. My initiative was appreciated, and I was involved in two pro-bono projects, and was invited to attend the Legal Social Impact Committee meeting, where I got to see how the firm shapes its pro bono policies.

10/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

10/10

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