There are daily presentations led by difference departments of the firm, introducing their practice area to us. The work of the day consists of any task/assignment handed by our supervisor in each of our seats (ex: research, drafting, proofreading...). There is also pro bono work and group projects taking place over the 3 weeks. Daily coffee meetings/chats with different members of the firm are usual, and social event organised by GR happen often.
Significantly developped my skills. Evidently my technical skills (ex: how to draft a memo, undertake legal reearch, present findings concisely...), but also my commercial skills (ex: undertanding clients' strategies and how HSF fits in, how to negotiate with opposing counsel in litigation...), and interpersonal skills (ex: how to address clients and different members of the firm, how to ask for help/advice...). Importantly, received very useful advice from experienced lawyers and members of the firm.
Its essential to understand both the client business but also how HSF works as a business itself. Talks from the CEO and PSCs gave important insights on how to strategecially grow the ifrm or a particualr department, the balance between taking on new clients (and how to choose them; pitch to them) and dedicating enough support to existing ones, the role of each member of the firm and their particular focus.
Friendly, caring, inclusive. But also when needed.
Incredibly. I could never be bored because of the variety of activities and extent of exposure to different things in such a short timeframe.
Show your personality, it matters to them. Take your work but not yourself too serious. Be confident, proactive and seek out opportunities.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
2nd July 2021