Summer Vacation Scheme at Shoosmiths

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
N/A West Midlands
Review Date
£12,000 - £13,999
Commercial Law


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed the insight immensely. Everybody was welcoming and this vacation scheme was hands-on and supportive.


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

I felt like I was a contribution to the Firm. My supervisor expressed her gratitude for the work I produced for her, as the tasks that she had delegated to me were real pieces of work.


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

A lot! My supervisor and the staff were kind enough to have meetings with me to fully discuss the work, the purpose of the task, what I had done well and how I could improve.

Everyone was also happy to discuss their experiences to me and impart their knowledge.


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

The professional skills I have learnt, i.e. on client care and working in a professional office environment, will help me in a future legal career.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Very structured. We had to work to set deadlines for mini-assignments set for us, as well as set time to participate in pre-planned office events.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Very friendly people in a commercial environment.


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

As mentioned above, my supervisor set time to have meetings with me to provide feedback on each work I produced and how I could improve.

I was also given feedback on my mini-assignments after a day of submitting them.


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?

You have to be able to work towards deadlines and you are busy, but it is still enjoyable and you develop as a result.


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

A lot, the people here are welcoming and so friendly! It was also great to the staff were true to Shoosmiths' values, which is something you get a feel for by being part of the office,


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

Very valuable. I learnt a lot about law in practice and definitely want to enter the legal profession!

I also gained an insight into the legal needs of commercial clients, which has enabled me to have a fuller idea of what to expect in commercial law.


Other Information

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

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

There were lunch events with the department and our supervisor. We also had the opportunity to speak to other departments when I was invited to help sell raffle tickets etc as part of the firm's charity initiatives.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Good. I was invited to lunch with the trainees and also the whole department.

I was able to ask many questions about the firm and the work the staff did etc. It was good to be able to get to know the staff on a more informal basis.


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

Yes, I was able to hear more about the charity and social committee at the firm, the office events (e.g. the Christmas parties) as well as the networking events available for staff outside of work.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely! I would recommend it because of its insight into the real work of a commercial law firm, whilst retaining a friendly, supportive culture.