Completing tasks given to me by the graduate recruitment team and my host.
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement. I enjoyed all of my assignments, particularly the mini project & presentation. The Shoosmiths placement really stood out for me because I was given good quality work (work which a trainee would be given). Therefore I had a great insight into life as a trainee.
Everyone at the firm was so friendly and welcoming. As mentioned above, I was given "real work" to do and both my host and the Graduate Recruitment Officer provided feedback on the tasks I completed. This demonstrates the supportive culture of the firm, as they encouraged me to improve upon my weaknesses and further develop my strengths.
The amount of support/guidance was on point. I was left to work independently, just as a trainee would be, however, I could approach my team for assistance if needed, as they were more than happy to help.
The tasks allowed me to implement the skills I have developed throughout my LPC and extra-curricular activities, such as my research and problem-solving skills. My Training Principal advised me to continue pursuing my extra-curricular activities to ensure that my CV stands out.
The placement was very well structured. The welcome pack I received contained sufficient details of the tasks, so I was fully aware of what I was required to do. Each and every task I was required to complete was relevant and interesting and focused on developing the crucial skills required by lawyers, e.g., research skills, problem-solving skills, presentation skills, commercial awareness, etc.
The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. As the offices are open plan, I could really get a sense of the team spirit. Consequently, everyone was approachable and there is no hierarchy. Everyone had a great sense of humour, so it was really a joy to work with them.
As mentioned above, the firm really encouraged me to improve upon by weaknesses and further develop my strengths, as both the Graduate Recruitment Officer and my host provided feedback on the tasks I completed.
The tasks I was required to complete were what a trainee would be asked to do. I was placed next to my host who was a trainee and a Partner who was also head of the Real Estate department. From observing and listening, I was able to understand exactly what the job would entail from a trainee and partner perspective. Additionally, my host always involved me in the work she was completing so I got an insight into the work she was currently doing.
Reading about what working at a law firm is like and actually being there is completely different. After my placement, I have a strong understanding of the company culture. Everyone at the firm is friendly, welcoming and sociable. There is very much a team environment, which is visible due to the open plan seating. It truly was a nice place to work.
I was paid £250 for the week.
I went for lunch with the trainees on the first day. On the fourth day, I went for drinks with some of the trainees/paralegals. I also assisted the other trainees to prepare the Wimbledon Trolley and collected donations for dress down day on Friday. Therefore there was great opportunities to network/socialise with employees in all departments.
It was great to speak with other trainees about their backgrounds in a more informal setting.
Yes I found out that there were many opportunities to get involved in pro bono work and sports teams, etc.
Most definitely. My placement was enjoyable, and I learned a great deal through the tasks. I was sad to leave at the end of the week which is a sign of a fantastic firm.