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  1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  2. A great mix of social events, informative department presentations and educational-based workshops.

    I really enjoyed my time at the firm and felt that the scheme was an invaluable experience for an aspiring lawyer.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  4. Being a student with a disability, I felt that everyone at the firm appreciated me for who I was and took into consideration my individuals needs. Such support by graduate recruitment was maintained prior and throughout the whole scheme and I always felt that I could approach them with any query I had.

    Both my supervisors and the departments that I sat in were very welcoming. I was introduced to everyone in each department and whoever walked into my supervisors office made an effort to get to know me, I wasn't just the "vac schemer".I felt I was able to meet a diverse range of individuals who each provided valuable insights into the firm.


  5. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  6. Both my supervisors were always on hand to answer any questions I had and always made sure after particular meetings and conference calls that they explained things through, which was a nice gesture despite their busy time constraints!

    With feedback on all my tasks and a feedback briefing at the end of the scheme, I knew where to improve and what I was doing well at, which was much appreciated.


  7. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  8. I was consistently occupied with varied pieces of work with deadlines ranging from the end of the week to the next day, which always meant I was busy. To a certain extent, your work load does very much depend on how busy your supervisor is, but as I experienced during the scheme, there is always the opportunity to be given work from other members of the department, as other trainees and associates will always seek to get you involved as much as possible. Such an experience really gives one the taste of being a real trainee, as mixing varied pieces of work with differing deadlines brings out the best of your organisation skills. I was fortunate to experience the closing stages of a transaction which really gave me a real taste of the ever changing nature of the legal industry.


  9. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  10. I was given a lot of responsibility and all my tasks were contributions to the various client matters which were on going at the time. Such responsibility, although challenging at first, allows for one to really get to grips with the actual daily role of a trainee.


  11. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  12. I will certainly take on board the feedback I got from both my supervisors and other feedback I received during the scheme.

    The negotiation workshop also proved to be very valuable as I was able to learn new techniques and have a greater understanding of the skills which are required to be a good negotiator. I will hopefully look to successfuly use such skills in any future university negotiation competition.


  13. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  14. Very friendly but equally hardworking. Being there when the merger was announced was particularly exciting.


  15. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  16. Very organised, I was able to sit in the departments I requested and graduate recruitment were always willing to let you meet other partners etc in other departments if you ever had any questions or wanted to sit there for a day.

    The presentations were always at breakfast and lunch time which allowed for more time at the desk and a greater flavour of the daily role of a city solicitor.

    There were a varied amount of presentations and workshops for the first two weeks which allowed one to get a full insight into the firm.

    There were always social events during the 3 weeks which meant they the vac schemers were all able to bond well as a group, which was important.


  17. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  18. There was always chance for appraisal, which was helpful from a personal and professional perspective.

    The interactive nature of the workshops and presentations allowed for many educational opportunities.


  19. What were the perks on your work placement?
  20. Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    International Travel

    Company Parties/Events


  21. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  22. I would definitely like to work there. The vacation scheme really confirmed my opinions about the firm and was definitely an invaluable experience for seeing what the role of a city solicitor is like.


  23. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  24. Excellent, we all went out a number of times.


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

  26. 6/10

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

  28. 7/10

  29. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  30. I got involved in Pro Bono and the firm's football team. There is a plethora of opportunities for vac schemers to definitely get involved in !


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Internship (1-4 Months)


Central London and City

7th July 2012

Less than £ 10,000

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