The week long virtual vacation scheme consisted of a series of Q and A sessions, workshops as well as a group project and research task. The days typically ran from 9-5.
As a non-law student I have definitely developed my drafting skills, as well as learning how to put together a legal research report. Developing skills such as team work, through working creatively together, was also a great experience.
This was very well explained through workshops with lawyers at the firm who talked through what working in different practice areas was like. Moreover, HR was very transparent about what the process would be like once securing a TC.
A and O’s environment is incredibly inclusive and welcoming, and there is truly a drive to see their incoming trainees develop and thrive. This was best exhibited by the time taken by the Managing Partner to speak to us. He provided insights into his own career development, gave pieces of encouraging advice as well as highlighting how the firm is continually making efforts to improve by implementing feedback given by lawyers at all levels.
I very much enjoyed the insight, as our schedules maximised the time we could have to actually interact with lawyers at the firm and get a feel for what it would be like working at A and O. Vacation Schemes are a very stressful time for most students because of the pressure many people feel, but A and O did a great job at not making the environment feel competitive or stressful.
Ensure that you take a look at the firms core values, as these will help guide your application and help you work out whether the firm will be a good fit for you. Ultimately, be yourself - there is no cookie cutter version of what the lawyer of the future will look like!
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Central London and City
2nd September 2021