Paralegal at Shoosmiths

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Birmingham Nationwide
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Legal/Law

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7.9/10

About You
8.0
The Organisation
8.2
Everything Else

7.2

About You

Role Description

Corporate Law Paralegal in the Shoosmiths' Thames Valley office

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I was placed in the Real Estate department in Birmingham and really enjoyed my placement. The team were friendly and welcoming and I was able to relax and be myself, which was great.

8/10

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

I was given real work to do which was then sent out to clients. This made me feel as if my contribution was valued.

8/10

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

On my first day, the team leader I was placed with took the time to talk me through what the department does day to day and the types of work it deals with. This allowed me an insight into Real Estate in practice and provided a good foundation to progress on throughout the week. Throughout the week, I continued to get guidance and support on the work I was producing. People took the time to explain the work they required, with the relevant background information and then again once the work was completed.

8/10

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

I now know that I am interested in experiencing Real Estate as a seat when I am a trainee, which I would not have done before this experience. I also know that when I am relaxed and around a great team of people, I am able to produce the best work I can.

8/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

We had a series of tasks to complete and a presentation at the end of the week to create and present. I did feel at times that these tasks took over the insight and I was not able to take on any new Real Estate tasks and be as helpful as I could be, as I needed to get the set tasks done and submitted.

7/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Really enjoyable, great bunch of people.

8/10

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

Shoosmiths gave me set tasks and presentation work to do to ensure that I was never bored. Additionally, the Real Estate team have a 'pack' of tasks based on real life situations which could be completed should I have nothing else to do (which did not happen!). I felt that Shoosmiths were trying to us an interesting and informative placement.

8/10

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 currently work with the Company, however it has opened my eyes to different departments which I would like to explore.

8/10

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

I already had an insight into the culture in one office, but this was an excellent way of experiencing it in another, newer office. Shoosmiths overall has a great culture and employees great peoeple.

9/10

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

9/10

Other Information

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

I already work here and did not have to take holiday to participate in the placement scheme. My expenses were reimbursed, which was unexpected and shows that you are valued.

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

People were all willing to talk to you and ask questions. I tried to talk to as many people in different departments as possible. Everyone was friendly and willing.

9/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

I organied lunch with the other placement students and then again with some trainees and NQs.

5/10

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

We discussed the Social Committee and the Legal Walk. I am sure that I could have found out more if I had asked more questions!

6/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Really enjoyable, stuctured placement. Absolutely.

9/10

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