Vacation Scheme Student at Allen & Overy

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Greater London
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Less than £ 10,000
Commercial Law

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Role Description

Three week intern, split between two different departments.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Genuinely valuable and enjoyable.


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

Significant focus on the vacation schemes from all levels of seniority. Considered as actual members of the team, with employees as keen to impress me with the firm as I was with my abilities.


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

Having a supervisor during each seat meant I always had a point of contact, and constant contact with a very supportive trainee buddy.


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

Not necessarily directly in my degree, but certainly directly applicable to my future career aspirations.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

The graduate recruitment team were clearly well practiced in organising the schemes - very organised and thought through. Had the right balance of organised presentations/contact and time open to be flexible for my supervisor.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Genuinely pleasant. All the members of the firm were pleasant and welcoming, as were graduate recruitment. All of the students on the scheme got on well too and many have kept in touch.


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

Significant investment on my personal skills and the general skills necessary in a legal career.


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?

As informative as it could be over the short period. Everyone left with a strong feeling of wanting to come back.


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

It was difficult for it not to. I have heard some firms attempt to separate the vacation scheme students from the general culture - at A&O, this wasn't the case at all, being fully immersed.


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


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

I was paid.

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

There were numerous formal and informal opportunities. If I wanted to speak to someone, I would go and knock on their door.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Really enjoyable and well organised.


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

Being able to have so much contact with various members of the firm meant it was possible to genuinely get to know them and their interests.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely. If you are interested in a career in commercial law, this is the ideal internship.