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Role Description

2 Week Virtual Spring Vacation Scheme within two practice areas


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • I spent two weeks at the firm in two different practice areas. The first week within the Disputes team and the second week in the Corporate team. Throughout the vacation scheme I attended a variety of firm presentations, completed work tasks for my supervisor and particpated in the day to day activities that a trainee might do.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I was able to improve my legal research skills, drafting skills and presenting skills. There was also a significant opportunity to network with people in all positions at the firm.

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

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

  • 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
  • 5/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • Presentations were provided across the wide range of practice areas within the firm for a broad understanding. Within the seats more niche understanding of the areas was given including the types of cases being worked on as well as general useful information.

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

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

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


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The culture was amazing throughout, there was no bad interaction with anyone at any level within the firm. Each new group made you feel instantly welcome and included in discussions at all levels. Everyone was open and approachable and time-permitting happy to have a virtual coffee with you.

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

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 4/5

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

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I really enjoyed the insight experience. The ability to learn more about the firm, the practice areas and a career in law was really beneficial. The experience has provided more information around the areas of law of interest to me and a better understanding of what a training contract may look like.

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

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

  • 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
  • Get to know the firm and know why it is of interest to oyu. Connect with them on their workshops, open days, law fair visits etc. Let your personality stand out in the application.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Corporate Law

16th April 2021

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