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  • About You
  • The Company
  • Everything Else

Role Description


    About You

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • Very structured so as to ensure that the scheme was as informative as possible while also being as enjoyable as possible.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  • I was told that the work I was given to do during my time in the departments was of value and I genuinely believe that to have been the case given what I was asked to do.


  • 3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  • Trainers were happy to give advice when it was sought generally speaking, however at times it was viewed as negative to ask lots of questions.


  • 4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Definitely plenty of knowledge gained about how to build a successful practice and career going forward.


    The Company

  • 5. How well structured was the insight?
  • Very well structured.


  • 6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  • Very fun and relaxed given the highly charged atmosphere that naturally pervades magic circle law firms.


  • 7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Aside from the amount of effort put into the London vacation scheme, the fact that the firm paid for an international placement in Hong Kong provided huge insight into how a global firm works across offices and regions.


  • 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?
  • In general, very few question marks remain in my head as to what a role with Allen & Overy would involve.


  • 9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  • Presentations given by every department were especially helpful in terms of observing to what extent the firm's culture both stays the same and differs between departments.


  • 10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  • Not that helpful due to the fact that I was already pretty sure of my chosen career path, the scheme only served as confirmation of that choice.


    Everything Else

  • 11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  • £250 a week is a good amount to be paid for any internship, however it still does not cover living/accommodation expenses in London - which in reality is what is needed given the time an intern needs to put into a vacation scheme.

  • 12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  • 5/5

  • 13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  • The Duck Tour was a particular highlight, especially because it was a slightly unusual experience, the scheme would only be benefited by having a few more slightly unusual social events.


  • 14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  • Employees all clearly work very hard, but I did talk to a number of them about their outside hobbies, and this was informative.


  • 15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  • 5/5

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law, Legal/Law

26th August 2013

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