The Vacation Scheme is designed to give students a genuine foretaste of what it is like to be a trainee solicitor in the firm.
I really enjoyed my 3 weeks in Linklaters. There were plenty of presentations by different practice areas in the firm which was helpful in gaining a holistic understanding of the firm. The client pitch and litigation negotiation exercises gave us insight as to the life of a more senior associate. We were given exposure to people of different seniority, allowing us to foresee how our career would progress with the firm. I also obtained a genuine foretaste of the life of a trainee in the two departments I sat in. The firm has a friendly and supportive culture. I was amazed by the quantity and quality of training a trainee receives in the firm. Last but not the least, the social events during the scheme were simply amazing.
It has been made clear to us at the start that the vacation scheme is a two way process: while we are selling ourselves to the firm, the firm is also selling itself to us. The graduate recruitment team really took care of us and provided us with incredible support. The firm has various network groups specifically catering to the needs of people of different backgrounds and interests. During my two seats, I felt welcomed and valued. I was trusted as a trainee and were well taken care of.
I was provided with more than sufficient guidance and support throughout the scheme, be it for my personal or professional needs.
Time management skills and attention to detail would definitely assist me in my degree studies. However studying law and practicing law can be very different, hence the practical skills of a commercial lawyer might not be very relevant for degree studies.
The vacation scheme was well structured. The two seats in different departments gave us insight as to what it is like to be a trainee in different departments. the various presentations gave us information about the practice areas we might not have had experience in. The vacation scheme project trained our research skills and communication skills. The various social events gave us opportunity to talk to different people in the firm and allowed us to have fun in the midst of all these. To be honest, I felt a little too occupied during the scheme.
Lovely. I really liked my fellow vacation scheme students and the people in the firm. It was an enjoyable and enriching experience.
I felt that I was valued as a potential trainee. I was given the same support a trainee would. I felt that the firm really invested in us as vacation scheme students.
Of course I anticipate myself to be more busy as a trainee than as a vacation scheme student, and of course I expect less social events, but in general I felt that the vacation scheme did gave me a genuine foretaste of what it is like to be a trainee solicitor with Linklaters.
From my vacation scheme, I felt that the company has a very friendly and supportive culture. I had enough exposure to people of different practice areas, seniority and backgrounds to obtain a holistic understanding of the firm's culture.
I enjoyed the work at my two seats. The tasks were challenging in that they required me to adapt to new information quickly but not so challenging that I would stress over them,
Yes I was paid.
Opportunities to meet people were plenty. I was given opportunity to meet people of different practice areas, seniority and backgrounds.
I really enjoyed the networking and social events. There were fun and engaging.
To some extent, particular about people's involvement in social responsibility projects.