Trainee Solicitor

by Burges Salmon LLP

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Rating

4.4/5
  • About You
    4.3
  • The Company
    4.6
  • Everything Else
    4.4

    About You

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I really enjoyed the opportunity that I got on the BS Vac Scheme. It was a great mix of interesting work and a valuable introduction to the open culture and social environment that firm has.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  • I felt very valued during my time on the vac scheme. My supervisors and the lawyers I worked with always took time to explain the context of the work I was tasked with. They were always on the lookout for any interesting meetings or talks that I could attend. The opportunity to attend a meeting with a key client made me feel very valued.

    5/5

  • 3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  • My supervisor was always happy to for me to fire questions at them and we were provided with a trainee 'buddy' who remained in contact throughout the week.

    5/5

  • 4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Whilst I already work in the profession, it was an valuable insight into some areas I'd not previously explored.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 5. How well structured was the insight?
  • Very well structured. We had a folder explaining and detailing the week ahead for us and were kept in the loop if anything changed.

    5/5

  • 6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  • There was a really nice atmosphere to the whole two weeks. Everyone was very welcoming and it never felt like we were being put under too much pressure to perform.

    5/5

  • 7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • We were given a insightful talk on marketing and for every task given I was a full brief of the context of the work.

    4/5

  • 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?
  • I think it gave a brief but valuable snapshot of how the role of trainee works at BS

    5/5

  • 9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  • I got a real sense of the open and collaborative culture that they strive for. Everyone was incredibly friendly and the atmosphere amongst the teams was very relaxed and personable.

    5/5

  • 10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  • Fairly valuable. I'm already in the profession in a different role but this has helped convince me that it's still a career I want to pursue.

    4/5

    Everything Else

  • 11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  • £500 for the two weeks


  • 12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  • I was invited along to meetings and lunches around the firm and was never made to feel like just another work experience student.

    4/5

  • 13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  • Excellent. We had a full calendar of events, all different and all gave an fantastic opportunity to experience a different part of Bristol life. Our social co-ords were particularly good in making sure everyone felt welcome and were enjoying themselves.

    5/5

  • 14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  • The trainee buddies kept us informed of any social events happening around the departments and how to get involved. I was invited along to play in an inter-departmental volleyball tournament but it sadly clashed with another social!

    4/5

  • 15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  • Absolutely.

    5/5

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Details

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Legal/Law

South West

May 2015


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