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