Vac Scheme Student at Linklaters

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Wakefield Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Legal/Law

8.9/10

About You
8.8
The Organisation
9.2
Everything Else

8.8

About You

Role Description

I spent 3 weeks at the firm, working in 2 departments. I ended the scheme with an interview for a training contract.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The work was interesting, the people were very friendly and easy to talk to, and I felt that the vac scheme offered a great mix of socials and work. I made really good friends among the other students, and it has really cemented my enthusiasm for a training contract at the firm

9/10

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

I felt valued within my departments. As far as possible we were given genuine work that formed part of ongoing deals. I felt that I got on well with my principals and was able to integrate easily into the departments. Occasionally we were given research tasks that weren't actually needed/urgent, and that was the least fulfilling element, but generally we were given more responsibility than I expected.

8/10

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

The graduate recruitment team were always really friendly and helpful, and my trainee buddy, especially in Corporate, was always there to chat with more informally

10/10

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

Commercial awareness and an understanding of the firm and its strategy were very valuable insights.

8/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

It was sometimes repetitious but mostly gave a very thorough overview of the legal market, the challenges faced by Linklaters and the skills involved in pitching, working with clients and networking more generally

8/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Great. The scheme was never over competitive, which was perfect.

9/10

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

It was clear that Linklaters values its graduate recruitment process, and sees it as integral to the firm. They obviously put a lot of time, money and effort into the scheme and I really valued the fact that Simon Davies and a number of partners were involved.

9/10

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 think the whole process was very transparent and up front. Linklaters seemed to see no point in trying to hide the honest picture of working at the firm.

10/10

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

As above, it felt like a very honest picture of the firm, and I had very frank conversations with associates and trainees about life at the firm - its highs and lows.

9/10

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

10/10

Other Information

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

The vacation scheme affirmed my interest in working at Linklaters

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

I met lots of other lawyers, from various departments and all levels of the firm.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The socials and networking opportunities were varied and enjoyable. London Eye was great, as was the Taxi Cab Treasure Hunt, and the dinner at Sketch was a brilliant (and unique) experience.

8/10

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

Yes, we heard about pro bono opportunities that I would be keen to be involved with, and we also had the networks lunch.

7/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

A very well balanced vac scheme

10/10

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