Allen and Overy Insight Day at Allen & Overy

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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This review was written using a previous version of questions that were updated in 2013

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The Role



The Role

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

It was an insightful look into a global law firm, helped me get a better understanding of the culture of the firm.


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

Others who took on the programme were very cooperative in the workshop sessions that we had - worked cohesively


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

On the day, I was able to speak to associates, recent graduates who had just joined, even partners! I really admired how open the people were at A&O.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Since it was only an open day, the schedule for that day was very intense - included shadowing a trainee, on top of many presentations about the areas of the firm.


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

There was very little opportunity to take leadership in any capacity on the day.


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

As I am near completing a law degree, this really helped me gauge in my mind if I would ultimately want to continue along this career path.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It felt like a really vibrant office, the people that I did not have overly stressed looks about them. Additionally, the location at One Bishops Square was brilliant!


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

Very ambitious to have packed everything into one day - gave us a full flavour of life at A and O by giving us the nitty gritty details of what it looks for when it considers taking on graduates.


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

Most of the day was geared towards this. Through mock business scenarios, it was a good indicator of what one who be involved in on a day to day basis


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen

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

I am looking forward to taking part on the Winter Vacation Programme



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

Did not really have a chance to socialise with participants outside of the event; from what I saw, it would have been enjoyable!


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

The office was inbetween Liverpool Street and Brick Lane, so I suppose it counts as East London - thus accommodation in the area should not have been that expensive.


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

Shoreditch is just a couple of minutes walk from Broadgate - from past experience, this is an excellent place to have fun at night!


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

There are lots - from what was said on the day. I was especially impressed by the facilities available to the staff on site. This includes a bar, a gym and roof-gardens!