Vacation Scheme Participant 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 typical day involves completing assigned departmental work alongside attending designated vacation scheme sessions, social events, and group task meetings. Sessions covering topics such as ESG, Diversity & Inclusion, pro bono, legal technology, and purpose enabled participants to understand more about the legal industry and the firm. Throughout the scheme we were assigned a group task which involved presenting to a panel about a joint venture.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I have developed my commercial awareness, organisation, time management, and communication 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?
  • 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?
  • A clear description of a typical career progression was given. In particular, the firm clearly explained the format of a Training Contract and there were plenty of opportunities to speak with current trainees about their experience.

  • 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 general atmosphere was very supportive and collaborative. It was very common to approach people and start up a conversation, and every person I spoke to was genuine, intelligent, and hardworking.

  • 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?
  • I extremely enjoyed the scheme. There were endless opportunities to learn more about the firm and the work was challenging but enjoyable. Throughout the scheme I was constantly supported by my trainee buddy, supervisor, and the graduate recruitment team.

  • 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
  • 4/5

  • 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
  • Perform adequate research such that you have a genuine reason/desire for wanting to join Simmons & Simmons. It is also important to develop your commercial awareness.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)



July 2023

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