2 Week placement. Spent in one department in the firm, there is oppertunities to get involved with other parts of the firm. Also good social events. Your main role is to learn about the firm and the sector, but you do get real work to do such as research and proof reading.
There was a lot put on the vac scheme and it felt like they had made a real effort to show us the firm and allow us to see what it was like from a the inside. I quite enjoyed spending the whole 2 weeks in one department which is quite unusual
The people were especially nice, they made me feel very welcome and did not mind answering questions as I went through the scheme. I felt like I was doing actual work for a lot of the time.
The firm did a lot to guide you through the whole process. By having both a buddy and a supervisor who were in your departmnet you felt like you always had some one you could talk to and were able to ask for work from.
Although I have already finished my studies this helped me see the sector I was working in well. People at the firm were happy to take time out of their day to show things to you and explain situations. They also allowed me to go to court and took me on a tour of Lloyds which was great.
The grad rec team did a brillitant job to make evrerything run smoothly. The events were on time and the talkers generally arrived on time. Which was very surprising to me.
I was in the open part of the firm and I realy enjoyed this, it allows you to talk to senior members of the firm without having to knock on their doors. There is also a lot more discussion going on and people talking about the cases, so you feel like you learn a lot.
There were a lot of talk from all members of the firm and you felt like they were genuinly trying to advertise the firm to you and help develop your career.
I think this is very hard to get across in a 2 week placement. There is no way you can give the life of a trainee away in 2 weeks. But you got an insight into the type of work they do and how they interact with the other members of the team.
This is also very hard to get across. A lot of people would say how nice it is to work here and tell you how friendly people are. The people are very friendly, but the culture is ahrd because obviously they dont treat vac schemers in the same way as actual employees.
I was given £250 per week. This covered costs but that was about it because I had to rent somewhere to stay and travel in.
There were talk given by members of the firm and you got to know trainees at the social events.
The social events were really good fun and planned well. There wasnt much of a feeling that you were being assessed either which is nice.
There seems to be a society for everything, there were oppertunities to gwet involved in CSR and lots of other events going on.
Definitely. There is no reason not to, CMS is a masisve international law firm and if you want to work in that there is no good reason for not wanting to do the vac scheme here.