Vacation Scheme, Corporate Department at Shoosmiths

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Reading South East
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Corporate Law Legal/Law

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9.1/10

About You
8.8
The Organisation
9.2
Everything Else

9.2

About You

Role Description

We had to work on a mini project throughout the week which we then present to 3 staff (including the training principal and human resources manager) at the end of the week, alongside having an exit interview.
During the week you also get given work from various solicitors/paralegals to help out on such as research, filing documents, writing memorandums and investigating into company articles of association.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The placement was a really enjoyable experience, being a really nice place to work.

9/10

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

To say I was only there for a week they still made me feel really valued

9/10

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

There was a fair bit of guidance however, most of it was work given to do alone

8/10

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

The skills will greatly assist me when I go on to be a trainee as the tasks they gave were very much like the work they give the trainees.

9/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

It was well structured, working mainly on one case per day

8/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was great, everyone in the office is really nice and down to earth

10/10

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

Again to say I was only there for a week, the company gave a lot of time and work for me to have a go at

9/10

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?

I feel the experience was an accurate reflection of what it would be like to have a full time role here, apart from maybe the hours!

9/10

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

The insight actually really made me understand Shoosmiths culture, I did not expect it to be so friendly and laid back compared to other firms of its size (in a very good way)!

10/10

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

I already knew my future career path before the placement. However, I still feel it helped me understand more on how different firms can actually be.

9/10

Other Information

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

I was paid £250 for the week

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

Yes there were lots of opportunities for networking and meeting others, mainly through lunch and the new friday (on thursday evenings)

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were good, a nice opportunity to talk to trainees to get more of a feel of what the firm is like actually being a trainee there.

9/10

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

Yes employees get involved in activities such as netball, charity fundraising events and new fridays!

8/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would definitely recommend applying to Shoosmiths for a vacation scheme/job

10/10

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