The vacation scheme was really fun. The people at the firm were very friendly and the work was interesting. It was clear that a lot of effort had gone into organising the scheme and making sure it was worthwhile.
I felt extremely valued - the firm and the graduate recruitment team clearly invested many hours in preparing for this scheme.
Not only was there plenty of guidance online, the people in my department (lawyers and secretaries) were very helpful. Whether it was with printing or with how to format the work I was given, there was always someone on hand to help.
I was able to improve my ability to present during a client pitch exercise. I recieved practical advice about email management and personal branding. I also gained important insights into how law firms work. These skills and information recieved will undoubtedly prove to be useful as time goes on.
The scheme was very well structured - it was clear that a lot of effort had gone into ensuring that the scheme was as seamless as possible.
The atmosphere during the scheme was generally very positive. Many of the people at the firm were friendly, approachable, and welcoming which was encouraging.
We had a variety of sessions which were geared towards training and development. These ranged from email management and personal branding, to networking sessions and a client pitch exercise. There was plenty of investment by the firm.
During many of the sessions held by the firm, we were always told about a trainee's responsibiliites in a team or on a transaction. This was interesting because it illuminated to us what it would be like to actually work at the firm.
The graduate recruitment team made an effort to give us insights into the firm's culture by organising events with the Firmwide Managing Partner and the Senior Partner. Hearing from both of them gave us significant insights into the culture at the firm.
The content during the scheme significantly helped me in deciding on my future career path. Ultimately, it reaffirmed my previous desire to work at a commercial law firm and particularly at Linklaters.
We were paid on a weekly basis for the work that we did at the firm.
We had multiple opportunities to network with people at the firm throughout our scheme. But besides this, many of the people were more than happy to meet and chat for coffees throughout the scheme.
The events were very well organised and extremely fun. We had a dinner, networking events, a trip to the theatre, and a farewell lunch.
We were told about the diversity networks at the firm and the external activities they were involved in. However, we were not explicitly told about activities that employees could get involved in outside the firm. I found out about these through meeting lawyers at the firm in interactions that were not orchestrated by the recruitment team.
Absolutely. I think it is a great opportunity to find out more about the law firm and grow your legal network.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
20th December 2019