Vac Scheme student at Herbert Smith Freehills

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Legal/Law

This review was written using a previous version of questions that were updated in 2013

7.2/10

The Role
7.3
Organisation
7.4

Socialising

6.8

The Role

Role Description

Research mostly, writing memos, taking notes on meetings and conference calls, no photocpopying or anything like that.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Quite challenging work, but very interesting.

8/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I got to do real work for real clients, I felt trusted with proper responsibility.

7/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Guidance was really good; all tasks were set out clearly and I had a briefing beforehand. Support was more difficult; often the supervisors were so busy they couldn't guide you.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Whilst there were some days that were incredibly busy, it was never so hectic that I couldn't cope. I don't think there was a single point where I didn't have at least 1 task to do.

7/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Plenty; I did work that was given to clients, so if it was wrong then there would be major repurcussions.

6/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Really helpful skills picked up.

9/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Fairly subdued

5/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

With the exception of one workshop, everything ran perfectly.

9/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

They put on heaps of training events and the partners dedicated a lot of time to teaching/answering questions.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
8/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

They've said they'll be keeping on about 80% of the interns.

7/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

There were always a few people who were happy to go out for a drink after work.

8/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

It was the city of london; very expensive.

5/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Plenty of stuff nearby.

7/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Lots of events put on and possibility of playing for the sports teams.

7/10