Summer Vacation Insight 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
Commercial Law Legal/Law

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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.


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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.


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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?


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?