Completing tasks given to me by the graduate recruitment team and my host.
I thoroughly enjoyed the vacation placement. As a non-law student, everything I was exposed to and learnt was new and exciting. There was enough to do and everyone was really nice, so overall the experience was great.
Everyone was friendly and welcoming. They were willing to answer my questions and were always on hand if I needed any help.
Guidance and support was right on point; not too much to feel as though you were being pampered, but neither was it sparse to make you feel as if you were on your own.
I feel some of the research skills I developed will definitely help when undertaking the GDL for example. Also, hearing about different people's route into the law profession, the GDL providers they used etc was all beneficial and helpful in making my future decisions.
The placement was well structured. There was a welcome pack for every placement student detailing different tasks/projects that should be completed during the week. I was also given some tasks to complete by my trainee host and one of the Partner's.
The atmosphere was good, friendly people, nice office, all was fine.
The time taken to provide feedback on the work I had done by both a graduate recruiter and my host was very beneficial; gave me new things to think about and encouragement which was nice!
Being placed in one of the departments opposite a trainee solicitor was probably the best way to see what exactly the job would entail. I learnt so much from simply observing, listening and being partly involved (if only to a very minimal extent) in what she was doing/working on.
Again, being there definitely helped in getting a sense of the company culture. The atmosphere, true to their words, was friendly, social, non-hierarchical and hard working. It was truly a nice place to work.
I was paid £250 for the week.
Yes, definitely. We went out for lunch twice and for drinks with some trainees/paralegals.
The networking opportunities were good, we (vac scheme students) were able to chat with the trainees in a more relaxed setting.
Yes I did, charity related events, sports...
Definitely. I learnt a lot and it was enjoyable- two things I always hope for at the end of a placement/internship.