The two days consisted various presentations delivered by different employees of the firm on topics including but not limited to Digital Transformation, Technical Skills and Applications Tips. There were also various interactive sessions and workshops covering subjects like Corporate Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, insights into our pro bono work, and a careers fair where we could listen to different trainees, associates and partners on their experiences within a given practice area. We also spent an afternoon shadowing a trainee, followed by an evening social event.
Yes, I had an opportunity to gain several skills during this first year insight scheme. In terms of industry-specific skills, I was able to develop my understanding of what a career in commercial law would entail and what are the key attributes that big City law firms look for in future trainee solicitors. I was also able to develop my communication and teamwork skills as I participated within a group of 8 in an Alternative Dispute Resolution workshop.
It was really great to see the wide range and variety of business and potential roles available at the firm. Not only were there opportunities to become trainee solicitors or paralegals but also a possibility to work in the Business Development team, something which was of interest to me after the two days. I gained a good insight into what working at Herbert Smith Freehills would entail and the various opportunities it would allow me indulge myself into.
The company culture was very supportive and friendly. It was great to see how collaborative everyone was not just during the formal presentation and sessions but also during the evening social event where we spent our time networking with different employees of the firm whilst making chocolates in small breakout rooms on Zoom. This first year scheme gave me a good feel for the culture of the firm, what it would be like if I worked here and the value the firm places on Diversity and Inclusion.
I enjoyed all the parts of this insight programme. It was refreshing to see the different practice areas Herbert Smith Freehills is reputed for. I also enjoyed meeting many firm representatives, the Graduate Recruitment Team and other participants. I particularly enjoyed attending the interactive sessions that covered subjects like Corporate Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, insights into the firm's pro bono work, and a careers fair. Overall, I really enjoyed my two days with the firm.
I would say research thoroughly into the firm, ie know what makes Herbert Smith Freehills stand out in comparison with other firms. I would also recommend all those applying to proofread their application multiple times before submitting it as one of the main reasons the Graduate Recruitment Team rejects candidates is because of grammatical and spelling errors. In terms of the psychometric test, I would encourage all those applying to practice multiple times before sitting the actual test.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Commercial Law, Corporate Law
1st May 2021