Spring Insight 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.
  • There were several talks given on subjects such as the nature of the work that the firm was involved in as well as the firm environment. Everyone was very friendly within the firm and ensured there was enough time to answer questions (of which there were a lot) at the end of session, which were answered helpfully and patiently. The work given on the second day was interesting and insightful.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • The main thing I took away from the experience was a new understanding and appreciation for the firm, which they worked very hard to give to interns. In my work on the second day, I was able to do some researching and drafting which allowed me to develop those skills a little, but due to the short time frame there are not too many opportunities to develop skills.

  • 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?
  • 3/5

  • 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
  • 4/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • The opportunities to understand about the business were fantastic. In the two days, I was able to talk to not just trainees, but also associates and even partners who took time out of their day to have a casual chat as well as answer more specific questions about the firm and the work. The graduate recruitment team worked hard to give all of the interns opportunities to engage with other members and hosted specific talks.

  • 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?
  • Everybody in the firm was very helpful and willing to engage with the interns. People were friendly to each other and there is a clear non-hierarchical element to the firm, with all staff working in the same open plan areas. People were very friendly and willing to help, despite the fact I was only there for the day and everyone seemed genuinely interested in you as a human being rather than a potential future fee-earner.

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

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

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

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • The insight was fantastic. The work was interesting and everyone was very involved in the insight process. The networking event on the first evening was very good, and allowed all of the interns a chance to connect with employees on a less formal basis. The sessions were a good length and were engaging and interesting. It was simply a very good all-round informative experience.

  • 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
  • The firm really appreciates individuality and varied experience. Everybody that I talked to took different paths to the firm and was appreciated for their different backgrounds, so definitely do not feel like you have to tick any particular boxes. One thing I would recommend is to make sure you've done some research before attending the scheme, as it just helps with getting the most out of the presentation and research opportunities in key sectors.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Legal/Law, Commercial Law


April 2023

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