1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role as Work Experience Student at Pinsent Masons in Manchester involved a number of daily tasks such as readind debentures, leases, determinations and completing comprehension type tasks. I also talked to many solicitors working with the firm about all the possible routes into law. Each day we had an interactive presentation about different aspects of law before working with our own individual practise groups. We visited a new practise group every day e.g. Banking or Corporate or Pensions. We were given key cards so we had access to printers and the doors in and out of the building so all in all the scheme was very well organised but gave us a great amount of freedom so it felt a lot like a real job in the industry would feel like. I was never bored because of how busy I was kept.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes. I now can understand more legal jargon as there was exercises including finding definitions and I know how different aspects of law work and businesses.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I very much enjoyed my programme! Everyone was very friendly and passionate about their jobs and they all really inspired me to follow a career path into law.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
I felt extremely valued during this week as we had access to our own computer logins and email accounts with the firm. I was sent frequent emails by the organiser asking how we were getting on and also extra activities to complete.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well organised. Not once did I feel awkward or lost because of how well the programme was structured. The first day we were given an impressive lunch in a conference room and every morning were met by our trainee partners for the day.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training providers gave us work to do on our own but were always close by if we were stuck. We could also have emailed them. After each task we would go through it together and nobody puts pressure on you because ultimately it is a learning experience.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There was no employer as such because it wasn't a job however we did receive a pack of info and were given so much information about other programme we could apply for and what options we have for the future.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
We were not paid for the experience but the information I received was well worth the cost of commute and clothing or food that was required for me to buy.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
On the last day we had the opportunity to have a meal out with the other work experience students and between 12 and 1 it is possible to leave to get food. Also if your trainee lawyer is going to court on the day you are spending with them you can go with them.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
Because it is an amazing experience with great people that has inspired me to work hard to get into the profession. Even if you decide law isn't for you it provides experience in business and can be applied to any profession.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Don't hold back on the application. Look as keen as possible so that they know how excited you would be to travel to the city and work in a very nice office building. You should also show how into law you are (even if you are not sure)
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