Vacation scheme student at Ashurst

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

9.6/10

About You
9.8
The Organisation
9.7
Everything Else

9.5

About You

Role Description

A three-week long scheme which gives students the opportunity to experience life as a commercial lawyer.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I thoroughly enjoyed the vacation scheme as it was insightful, challenging and rewarding. There was a good mix of work and social activities.

10/10

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

I really felt that I was doing useful tasks and the supervisors went to a lot of effort to explain cases and points of the law. The firm invested a lot into us over the three weeks and so, each student felt valued.

9/10

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

There was a lot of guidance and support. The HR team were always on hand to help and each student was assigned a supervisor each week who really took care of you.

10/10

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

The three weeks really helped me to understand the practical application of the law in a more commercial context and I developed skills which will help throughout my career. We were given real tasks, real work on real cases and had to find solutions.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The vacation scheme was exceptionally well structured. There was a timetable given on the first day and it was followed perfectly. There was a great mix of networking events, Q&A sessions, skills sessions, work experience and then social events.

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Everyone in Ashurst was extremely helpful and approachable. They made me feel welcome and valued. The atmosphere amongst vacation scheme students was extremely friendly and fun thanks to the many organised social events. These events allowed us to get to know each other and the current trainees in a less formal environment.

10/10

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

There were talks on the IT system, pro bono, diversity and a talk about how to sell yourself.

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?

By getting to sit in three different seats and by being able to speak to as many people as possible, I feel that the scheme gave me a good understanding of what it is like to have a full time role in Ashurst.

10/10

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

Being in the firm for 3 weeks meant that I could really understand the culture. We got to go to meetings, have a dinner with the partners and socialise with the trainees. All of these things meant that we got a well-rounded view of the firm and its culture.

9/10

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

It was crucial. I knew after the three weeks that I wanted to work in commercial law and specifically with Ashurst.

10/10

Other Information

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

We were given £300 per week.

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

There were many opportunities - department talks, networking lunches, seat rotation, dinner with the partners, nights out with the trainees.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were quite relaxed and informal. The networking events were all interesting and the partners and associates were approachable and friendly.
The social events included bowling, a cookery class, going to the top of the Shard and a final dinner and night out. They were really enjoyable and a great opportunity to bond with fellow vacation scheme students and to get to know the current trainees.

10/10

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

There was a talk on the numerous activities and there was the annual cricket match when we were there which some students even took part in.

8/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Absolutely.

10/10

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