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Role Description

I attended Herbert Smith Freehills virtual First-Year Workshop. I attended presentations, took part in workshops and received the opportunity to network with trainees.


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • As first-year students, they offered us an insight into the world of a commercial lawyer. Due to covid the presentations and workshops were held online. We listened to presentations from partners and got the chance to network with associates and trainees. Further, we took part in a wonderful and fun "how to make chocolate" class.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I definitely learned a lot about the work of lawyers. I received an insight into the firm that I am not able to acquire through online research. Through the ADR workshop and tips given along the two days, I developed commercial awareness skills. Although it was online, I was still able to develop my communication skills (thanks to the network sessions).

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 2/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • In that regard, it was extremely helpful. As a first-year student, I could not imagine what a day at a commercial firm looks like. I understand what I would do as a trainee if I join an international and elite law firm.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 5/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The people were extremely friendly and helpful. Although they all have busy schedules, they took the time and answered most questions after every presentation. They also encouraged us to stay in contact with them. The company seems to enjoy a people-centric culture that encourages its workforce to grow as lawyers and individuals.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 2/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I really enjoyed meeting all the people and the fact they shared their experience at the firm was extremely insightful. I will definitely try to receive a place at their vacation schemes that would hopefully develop into a training contract. I really liked the ambience.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Herbert Smith Freehills
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Herbert Smith Freehills to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Herbert Smith Freehills
  • For the application really research the firm. Their values (Pro-Bono, D&I) and their expertise in litigation. For the assessment look again into the values of the firm. It will give away a lot. For the question about your interest pick something you really enjoy. Surprise them. they love to be entertained and learn new things through the answers to that question.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law

15th April 2021

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