Attending presentations by lawyers and other professionals at A&O, engaging in group and individual assessed tasks, social events with fellow vacation schemers.
Yes, I learnt personal skills of interacting with individuals from differing cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as professional skills of interacting and working with colleagues in a professional environment. Also learnt some industry-specific skills like drafting definition clauses, legal research and preparing presentations.
It was exciting finding out about the diversity of the work done by and experiences available at A&O and the various ways in which a trainee can contribute.
Very open, inviting, and respectful. Everyone in the firm is approachable and willing to help, especially towards vac schemers, even the senior partners. The firm also encourages personal development outside work, through its sports clubs, social events and local community work.
I enjoyed it immensely. The work was interesting, my supervisor was extremely sweet and helpful, and he gave me very insightful feedback on my assessed task. The group task was on a topical subject and really brought out our creativity and innovative thinking. I would definitely recommend the experience to anyone and would love to go back.
It's essential to demonstrate an interest in commercial law. Think carefully about your experiences at university and show how all that points towards a career in commercial law. Also, you must be able to show a keen interest in working at A&O, which requires in-depth research about the firm's work and achievements. It's also important to be yourself - don't try to copy someone else's experiences or way of working/speaking.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Commercial Law, Banking and Finance Law, Intellectual Property Law
Central London and City
8th September 2021