Trainee Solicitor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Duration
Virtual Experience
Region
London
Review Date

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4.1/5

About You
4.6
The Company
4.1
Everything Else
4.4

Role Description

Trainees work on challenging projects from the outset and are given a high level of responsibility. Trainees rotate through four, six-month seats in different parts of the business and are encouraged to gain contentious and non-contentious experience during their two-year training contract. We encourage all of our trainees to undertake a secondment; we have a range of secondment opportunities including on-site with clients or internationally to one of our overseas offices.

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the virtual experience?

The key highlight for BCLP's virtual vacation scheme was definitely the ability to get in touch with not only junior fee earners, but also senior fee earners and their willingness to satisfy you curiosity about their work and experiences, but also about the firm more broadly.
5 /5

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

Despite the fact that the scheme was virtual and only one week in duration, I felt in no way undervalued. Firm wide staff wanted to hear about our experiences, what we were interested in and what we wanted to get out of the scheme.
5 /5

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

Throughout the week I was able to freely get in contact with my trainee buddy and also get in contact with other trainees around the firm. Everyone was willing to answer questions and encouraged us to get in contact with those in the firm that we wanted to speak to.
4 /5

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

I think one of the key skills and attributes I developed over the course of the week was to communicate confidently. Having been throwing into the virtual week I feel more confident in approach junior and senior fee earners. I think this is also a crucial skill for the future as a legal career is founded on the interaction with clients and with other colleagues.
5 /5

The Company

5. How well structured was the virtual experience?

The firms virtual was very well structured. Each day was jam packed with interactive and insightful seminars that introduced a greater depth of knowledge about the firm but also to the culture that the fee earners and wider staff emanate. Socials were also a good opportunity and get to know everyone in a more relaxed environment.
3 /5

6. How was the general atmosphere during your virtual experience?

The general atmosphere was fantastic and is a true testament to the outstandingly friendly culture at BCLP. At no point did I feel undervalued or scared to ask a question, nor was any question that anyone asked received as something we should have already known. Despite being a virtual scheme it still portrayed the firm in a light that would be emulated with a face-to-face scheme.
5 /5

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

The firm took a real interest us since day one and provided us with a jam packed schedule to get the most out of the scheme to find out about the work and the people involved. It was also great at the end of the scheme we had a Q&A on what the firm could do better and change in the future.
4 /5

8. To what extent did the virtual experience help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

It was instrumental in understanding not only the culture and values of the firm but also the progression of roles and tasks that you will be expected to undertake. Chatting with trainees in this regard was invaluable to see the type of work they get up to on a daily basis. Similarly it was great to see how the role changes the more senior you become within the firm.
4 /5

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

Again despite being virtual it was so easy to see the culture at BCLP because the very people that I spoke with emanated it. It was open, friendly and relaxed and it is a place where I feel I would be more than happy and comfortable to work at.
5 /5

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

The content provided firstly has helped me to further grasp that I want a career in the law, but also has solidified my resolve to want to join BCLP. It explained to me the business side of the law as well as the areas that I was previously interested in, whilst introducing me to areas that I never thought I would have enjoyed.
5 /5

Everything Else

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

I was adequately paid.

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

There were a number of opportunities to meet and network with people at the firm. After every session each fee earner gave their email address for a potential follow up or to set up a call. With regards to trainees, they were great with their availability and willingness to chat.
5 /5

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There were a number of opportunities to meet and network with people at the firm. After every session each fee earner gave their email address for a potential follow up or to set up a call. With regards to trainees, they were great with their availability and willingness to chat.
5 /5

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

Whilst on the virtual scheme we were introduced to a number of CSR, pro bono and business development opportunities. As well as this we were told about the different committees, social and sports clubs the firm has on offer.
4 /5

15. Would you recommend this virtual experience to a friend?

I would definitely recommend this virtual experience to a friend.
5 /5