Vacation Scheme Intern 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.
  • I was given typical trainee work by my supervisor to complete throughout the day and had the opportunity to ask others in the department if they could send me work to do. We probably had from 2-4 hours of talks per day organised by grad recruitment and then around that we had freedom to get work done and organise chats with people we wanted to speak to. I also got to join calls with supervisor.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I definitely developed time management skills as lots of people sent me work to do after I asked them which meant I had to make sure I could attend all the talks while making sure I got all the work done in time for them. This was difficult when you are not always sure how long something will take you, given you haven't done it before.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • 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?
  • As all the interns were in different departments, we got to speak to each other about all our jobs and find out about all the different areas. There was also a practice group insight where we got to speak to every department in the firm and find out about the work they do, the size, typical clients, etc. We also had talks from the Solutions group, Purpose and the Senior Partner.

  • 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?
  • Everyone was lovely and very friendly. But you could clearly see the ambition of the firm and how they did top quality work, while supporting each other. I was worried about bothering people in the department but whenever I introduced myself they seemed genuinely interested in me.

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

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 4/5

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

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I really enjoyed the insight and it was so much less scary than I was imagining. It went by in a blur and we all agreed we wish we could have done another week instead of only one.

  • 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
  • To not worry too much if you get to the vacation scheme. I know I was really nervous and was probably too quiet on Monday but because it's only a week you need to make the most of every day.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Legal/Law, Corporate Law, Commercial Law


December 2022

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