International Vacation Scheme Student at Allen & Overy

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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Less than £ 10,000

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Role Description

I spent three weeks in Allen & Overy's London office as part of the summer vacation scheme. I also spent one week in one of Allen & Overy's overseas office as part of the international vacation scheme. I spent time in two different departments whilst in the London office and undertook a range of tasks at trainee level. I sat in one department whilst overseas and had the chance to get involved in a range of challenging and exciting work.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I thoroughly enjoyed my summer vacation scheme at Allen & Overy. I had the opportunity to get involved in a variety of work as well as attend social events and pro bono opportunities outside of working hours.


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

My trainer and the wider teams in which I was working made me feel that my contribution was valued and appreciated. Everyone I met was willing to answer any questions I had and the Graduate Recruitment team worked hard to make sure every student had an enjoyable and informative time on the scheme.


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

I received a good level of training and support during my time at Allen & Overy. During the first few days I received library and IT training to allow me to use the in-house systems. I was offered opportunities to attend departmental training.


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

I developed a range of skills, such as organisational and team-work skills, that will be highly beneficial whilst I am studying at university. The practice area and skills sessions I attended have provided me with valuable information which will allow me to make decisions regarding my future career path.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

The scheme provided an excellent balance between spending time in the firm's departments and also attending vacation scheme events. At the start of the placement, I was provided with a schedule to ensure I knew the date, time and location of all events. This allowed me to manage my time effectively and plan my working day.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was extremely supportive and friendly. All employees of the firm were keen to answer questions that I had and welcome me to the firm.


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

I felt that the firm invested greatly in the vacation scheme and in each student individually. Personally, I felt that such investment was reflected in the fact that I was also offered the opportunity to spend a week in one of Allen & Overy's overseas offices as part of Allen & Overy's international vacation scheme. Plenty of activities and sessions were organised for all vacation scheme students to develop their skills and to allow each student to receive the maximum value from the placement.


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 gained a good insight into what day to day working life at Allen & Overy is like. I had the chance to see the types of tasks undertaken by employees at different levels in the firm and how employees interact on a daily basis.


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

The placement allowed me to experience first-hand the company culture and understand the working environment at Allen & Overy. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement as a result of the supportive and welcoming culture that Allen & Overy has.


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

Having completed a placement at Allen & Overy, I feel certain of the career path I wish to take and the areas of commercial law that I would like to experience during a training contract.


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

I was paid weekly for the vacation scheme.

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

There were plenty of social events to network with trainees at the firm. I also attended departmental social events to meet associates and partners. I felt that I had multiple opportunities to network and build working relationships.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There was an excellent variety of social events ranging from pizza-making to a duck tour on the River Thames! All the events were thoroughly enjoyable and catered to a range of tastes.


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

I had the chance to attend a pro bono event and find out the pro bono opportunities for employees at Allen & Overy. I was also offered the opportunity to get involved in firm sporting events.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would highly recommend the placement to anyone with an interest in international commercial law and looking to gain valuable experience in the sector.