The day was often quite broken up so there were plenty of breaks, which was great because I was always refreshed for each session. Sessions would range from having a senior management partner talk to us, a trainee describe their journey and typical day to us, and sessions by graduate recruitment.
Yes, during the independent tasks I was able to develop my research skills, commercial awareness, legal drafting and also my written communication skills. I had not done legal drafting before but the programme explained how to do it well.
We received talks from executives of the firm so we were able to ask questions and gain an understanding of how the business operates on a global scale. Additionally we also listened to trainees and got to see how they contribute to the bigger picture.
The company culture was amazing. This was by far the most welcoming culture at a law firm I have experienced. Not only were the graduate recruitment team friendly and welcoming, but the partners and firm leaders were relatable as well. It felt like I was already part of the firm, despite only having been there for a few days. As it was virtual and we couldn't eat lunch together, they gave us JustEat vouchers.
I thoroughly enjoyed the insight. I learnt so much about the firm and the people there and I also learnt what I personally value in a law firm. My favourite part of the scheme was the independent project because it was like a simulation of the work I would actually do as a trainee.
One tip I would give is to make sure the commercial topic that you pick is something that you are genuinely interested in because it will make your analysis of it a lot more authentic. As opposed to picking an area that is popular amongst commercial law firms. Your genuine interest will be seen by the graduate recruitment team and if you are not genuinely interested, that will come through.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
2nd April 2021