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There was plenty of activities to keep me busy. I was either shadowing a solicitor and taking notes. Or if he was busy or in court, I was able to get on with some administrative work, like filing, photocopying and writing up summons.
They took on board my ideas and comments. They asked me where I felt they could improve in dealing with clients.
I was not heavily supervised. However, I was told that the experience would be largely independent. That said, the solicitor did talk me through a lot of the work he was doing and made sure that I was happy.
The skills of written and oral communication were very important. I feel like I was able to practice my use of IT such as spreadsheets and powerpoints which was also useful.
There was a very clear itinerary and the solicitor I was with made sure I had plenty of work to organize and get on with which was helpful. I think perhaps it could have been a bit more varied.
The people were generally friendly. However, that was not always the case.
They were offering me their time which was extremely generous. However, this was mainly an opportunity to watch and observe, rather than have them actually train me.
There was a real opportunity to get a proper insight into a career in legal services. Perhaps I could have seen a bit more of the courts but apart from that the firm was transparent.
They are a very reliable and good employer. They explained the company benefits - like the pension programme. This was really useful.
They gave a really good insight and it confirmed my expectations rather than radically changing them.
There were many solicitors and some partners around the firm. This provided me with a fantastic opportunity to talk with some high profile lawyers.
There was a lunchtime event which I briefly attended.
There was an on sight gym and swimming pool. I was told about the various social events organised by city law firms as well.
There was a lot for people interested in law.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
9th May 2014