Work nature is mostly legal research, documents review and drafting - all tasks are relevant to ongoing matters and value-adding work. Lunchtime training and presentations on legal updates are also often. Very friendly workplace - partners, associates and trainees are all really approachable, willing to provide much guidance and constructive feedback on your work. Social events are also often where interns can chat with fee-earners and know more about the firm and the sector in general.
Practical skills essential for a future legal career are well-trained e.g. research skills, legal drafting skills etc. More importantly, the skills of presenting findings in a client-friendly manner are enhanced through engagement in actual ongoing matters. You get to understand and learn how to be more client-focus when completing your tasks. Innovative thinking and problem-solving is also encouraged when communicating your thoughts on how to approach particular matters / requests from clients.
In-depth introductions about the firm's practice and focus are provided to all interns, which gives a good overview and insights on both the business' development. Daily conversations and exchanges with colleagues also provide a true picture of how it is like to work in the firm, as well as how trainees are able to contribute in their roles.
A truly diverse and inclusive firm - in these 4 weeks I have met and chatted with colleagues from different educational and cultural backgrounds, within and across offices. All people are more than willing to offer support and guidance and to give constructive feedback from time to time on your performance such that you can constantly improve even during the scheme. The firm also organises events on diversity initiatives e.g. LGBTQ+, empowering female etc.
Overall it has been a really enjoyable 4-week time. Interns were offered much exposure in terms of the high level of engagement in real-life matters, and would feel much valued along with the close cooperation with your team and also the firm as a whole. The firm's willingness to invest in trainees and even interns also exceeded my expectations. Would definitely recommend to all students aspiring for a future legal career.
Just be yourself - show the ability to work as a team player and eagerness to learn and improve. Do not hesitate to ask for clarifications if anything is unclear to you. Seek feedback from your interviewers, supervisors and colleagues who assign you tasks, and improve upon them. As regards the assessment centre and interview, be prepared to show your commercial awareness and business instincts. Also, make sure you understand the core practices of the firm.
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