Summer (Virtual) Vacation Scheme at Baker McKenzie

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Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
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Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Banking and Finance Law Commercial Law Corporate Law Employment Law Human Rights Law Intellectual Property Law Legal/Law Sports and Media Law

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9.9/10

About You
10.0
The Organisation
9.8
Everything Else

9.8

About You

Role Description

This was a 2-week vacation scheme with one week spent in one department and another week spent in another department. I took part in live work, assessed exercises, pro bono work, committee meetings, social events and networking events.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

10/10

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

Everyone was welcoming and proactive to in providing practical support throughout the scheme. Everyone was very understanding when I was experiencing technical difficulties. My trainee buddies were particularly great at making me feel an integrated part of the teams that I sat with and making sure that I got the experiences and opportunities that I was particularly interested in.

10/10

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

Everyone was happy to provide detailed explanations and the broader context of tasks. However, I was also trusted to figure things out for myself and use my own initiative.

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 had finished my degree studies when I undertook this vacation scheme. However, this experience confirmed that I definitely want to pursue a career in commercial law at a global firm and it provided the opportunity to interview for a training contract, helping me to progress to the next stage of my career.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

This differed between the two departments I was sat with. In my first week I had to be more proactive with getting work but in my second week my trainee buddy had prepared tasks for me to do in relation to an ongoing client matter. In both seats knowledge lawyers gave me 2 tasks to do in case I didn’t get any other work so there was always something to get on with.

9/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was positive, supportive and progressive.

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?

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?

10/10

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

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?

I was paid and the firm paid for me to have a takeaway during a quiz social.

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

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

9/10

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

10/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

10/10

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