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Possibly the best internship I undertook. I was able to do real work, feel part of the team and given numerous opportunities to socialise with fellow interns and employees.
My opinion was valued and my work was used by fee earners.
Fee earners took time to explain work to me in the broader context of the whole deal. Graduate recruitment were also incredibly helpful guiding us towards receiving an offer for a training contract.
Developed a range of research, analytical, presentation and team working skills. These will certainly help when starting at the firm.
It was great to be able to experience three departments compared to the usual two on vacation schemes. I also liked the fact that we received our next seat at the beginning of each week, likening the structure to more like a training contract.
Fee earners at the firm were incredibly busy but always made time for the interns. All the interns got along well and even organised meet ups outside of those organised by the firm. This all led to a great atmosphere.
We received library training, computer training, fee earners spent time with us to explain work. The number of hours fee earners spent with me would have been a large investment indeed.
As mentioned earlier the scheme was structured like a training contract which was a great insight. Employees understandably tried to sell the firm to use, but at the same time were realistic about the long hours and challenging nature of the work.
I was really integrated into each team I sat with, enabling me to see how colleagues interacted with each other. It may seem a cliche but team work really was abundant. Simple things like people popping into chat to their colleagues showed how teams got along well. Social events were also a great insight into culture at Ashurst.
The ability to get involved in real work enabled me to understand whether I was capable of undertaking the work of a commercial lawyer and whether I would enjoy it.
There were numerous social events, even a dinner with the partners.
There were talks on pro-bono events and other extra-curricular activities. We were invited to play sport and watch sporting events such as the summer cricket.
Great insight into a great firm!
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)