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
Administration/Secretarial Corporate Law

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Role Description

Sitting in 2 different departments carrying out legal research, drafting and admin tasks - typical trainee work.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

People were mostly friendly and I enjoyed the work.


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

People were sometimes too busy with their own work to spend any time explaining things or chatting to me, but that's understandable in a firm like A&O.


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

Great - assigned a trainee buddy who was more attentive and helpful than at other firms


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

Very useful for getting insight of working in a Magic Circle firm.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

Good - almost too structured with loads of organised talks.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Great, especially down to the other vac schemers!


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

Lots of effort clearly put in, things like free A&O hoodies were quite nice perks!


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?

Very realistic view, no frills attached. Clearly people work extremely hard and often very long hours.


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

Yes - I think this is the only way to really get under the skin of a company


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

Hopefully I will pursue this career in future


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

Very satisfying amount, it's great that these firms can afford to help you out, especially for those living in London.

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

Quite a few social events though no partners or associates were involved, just trainees


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Good fun! Imaginative ideas


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

Yes, loads of sports teams were asking for players while we were there


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, if you are prepared to work hard and be sociable!