Intern at Allen & Overy

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Liverpool Street, London Central London and City
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Role Description

Attended presentations; partook in a negotiation exercise; networked; work shadowed.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed it very much. There was a huge amount of variety on offer throughout the day, which ensured the insight remained interesting and stimulating. The people attending were great, as were the employees. It was the only insight day to also include work shadowing!


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

We were shown a lot of attention. Allen & Overy clearly invested a lot of time and money into the programme-great food, networking opportunities, and presentations from very senior employees were all included.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

We received as much support as necessary. Everyone was willing to help, answer questions and provide advice when needed. We had lots of contact with graduate recruitment too. The A&O grad recruitment team are so well organised/quick to respond/helpful!


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

I developed confidence, networking, negotiating and team-working skills. I also gained a strong insight into the workings of a magic circle law firm, and the flexibility of thought/researching skills etc required. This will help with my study as we regularly need these skills for presentations and team-based work, whilst also providing focus with regards to future module choices.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

It was incredibly well structured. Everything ran on time, exercises were varied and in a good order that kept us engaged. Events were not too long and were very relevant. As mentioned, the work shadowing was the icing on the cake!


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Everyone selected to take part in the insight was ambitious, friendly, good fun and intelligent. We had similar interests and motivations. This created an atmosphere conducive to productivity. Graduate recruitment were very friendly, as were A&O employees which also contributed to the positivity.


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

Many senior figures gave us presentations/supervised and judged the negotiation exercise. We also had skills sessions which really helped with interview preparation for full vacation schemes.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

We were provided the opportunity to shadow trainees across various areas-this provided an insight into the type of projects trainees work on. We were also provided an introduction to capital markets which was incredibly interesting and shed greater light on the potential world of a commercial lawyer.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Experiencing the offices whilst shadowing; meeting numerous employees at a networking lunch; and having ample contact with graduate recruitment helped a lot.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

I was exposed to enough of the type of work undertaken in A&O to help inform my decision concerning my future career path. It was thus very useful and I am very interested in commercial law.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?


12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

We had many networking opportunities. Lunch with trainees/associates; and work shadowing with many different employees.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

As it was only one day, there was not a huge amount of time for a large event. However, the food was good, venue was nice (in the offices) and the company was interesting,


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

A little, but only from casually chatting to employees.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely. Considering it is only one day out of your life, there is so much variety that you get a great opportunity to expierience A&O, make good contacts (one I made helped proof read my summer scheme application), and what it would be like to be a commercial lawyer.