Vacation Scheme Student Review

by Simmons & Simmons LLP


  • Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • A combination of attending talks run by employees at the firm (ranging from introductions to Q&As to workshops), networking and doing tasks for the lawyers. Also opportunities to attend client and internal meetings. Each day I worked on a different case or research task from a range of sectors, depending on who I had spoken to or expressed interest in assisting with.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I developed my research skills, especially in a legal industry. I also developed my networking abilities through constantly talking to as many people as possible (especially in a speed-dating network session that the grad recruitment team ran for us).

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 5/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • It was really interesting - we had a huge range of talks across the week, giving us with a broad overview of the firm and all that it stands for. Even though a week is a short time, the different sessions allowed us to get a general overview of the different legal sectors provided by the firm.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 5/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The culture was great - exceeded my expectations. Did not seem as hierarchical as I had anticipated. Everyone was really friendly and genuinely very interested in getting to know each of us.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 3/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I really enjoyed this scheme. I'm happy that I got the chance to gain an insight into life as a trainee solicitor at a busy law firm, and it has made me excited for the future.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Simmons & Simmons LLP to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Make sure that you consider their 4 competencies throughout your application, as this is something that we were consistently assessed on through every part of the application, as well as during the week in the office. Be yourself and make sure to be inquisitive.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law


December 2022

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