Pathfinder scheme at Linklaters

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Unpaid
Roles
Legal/Law

8.6/10

About You
8.8
The Organisation
8.2
Everything Else

9.2

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Linklaters made us feel comfortable. I really enjoyed the workshops and the cooking social event. It was a positive experience and I'm glad I attended it. I would recommend the insight scheme to anyone who wants to know more about commercial law and Linklaters.

9/10

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

Linklaters seems like a friendly firm that values relationships. I felt valued because of the friendliness and upbeat personalities of the graduate recruitment team. They were genuinely helpful and positive.

9/10

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

The graduate recruitment team or trainees or other solicitors were there throughout and we could ask them questions. With regards to job-shadowing, I felt that the trainees could have been advised on a more structured way of helping us learn more during the limited time we had but it is understandable that they have to carry on with their normal routine.

9/10

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

I have a greater insight into what it would be like to work for a leading law firm. The workshops and talks are helpful in developing my skills in networking, negotiation, communication and applying to law firms. I also feel an affinity with Linklaters now.

8/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The two-day experience was well-structured. There were sufficient breaks and variation in the workshops and talks to stave off tiredness. The activities were engaging and fruitful. The start and end times were reasonable.

9/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The graduate recruitment team made us feel really welcome at the firm. The trainees were happy to interact and share what they experienced and what they feel working at the firm. The atmosphere of the scheme itself was positive but relatively relaxed.

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?

They brought in some of their partners and trainers to give us talks and hold workshops. Some of these were really helpful and I believe much effort went into them. Overall the organisation of the scheme was smooth and well-coordinated.

8/10

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?

The trainee I job-shadowed tried to explain to me his daily routine. I also saw the office layout. When talking to the trainees they also sketched out the expectations and culture of the firm. Though it was a short scheme, I felt much more acquainted with the firm.

8/10

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

I wish there was more time for us to job-shadow the trainees. However there were many networking opportunities provided when trainees showed us around the firm and had dinner with us which helped with understanding the company culture.

7/10

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

The image presented was really positive and welcoming. I would have liked more time in the actual work environment, perhaps with some structured tasks. However, the talks and workshops gave a valuable insight into commercial law and give us an idea of commercial awareness.

8/10

Other Information

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

The two-day scheme was unpaid, which is reasonable. For transportation, reimbursement is provided when you submit receipts. Those living outside London were also provided with accommodation and transport to the hotel.

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

There were quite a few trainees on both the first and second days. I think trainees are able to provide a good insight because they have recently joined the firm and can provide their experiences which are fresh in their memories.

9/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There were various opportunities to talk to people. There were quite a few breaks where trainees were happy to chat. There was also dinner which was relaxed and informal. At job-shadowing there are also opportunities to ask questions.

10/10

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

There are many facilities at the office and various opportunities that trainees and solicitors can get involved in. I don't think there was a presentation specific to it but the trainees were able to share their own experiences.

9/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely a valuable experience which was both useful and fun. Came away with a positive impression of Linklaters.

9/10

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