1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Every day you are put in a different department where you will be supervised by a trainee currently seated in the respective department. You will be delegated work from the trainees and solicitors or possibly some pre define Work Experience Tasks. Additionally each morning (except Friday) there is a talk on a different aspect of law.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I wouldn't say that I have learnt new skills, however the Work Experience has showed me what it is like to work in a commercial law firm and the sorts of work and cases that are dealt with.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed it very much. The other students were all very nice and fun to hang out with during the lunch hour. Everyone within the firm were welcoming and treated us with respect. Even the actual work was pretty interesting.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
Fairly, as students still in college none of us know a huge amount about law and so the work set cannot be of too great importance, especially since we're not actual employees. However the work that I did do was received well with praise.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well organised. Weeks before the programme we were given a timetable of everything that was happening. Every day in the morning we were given a talk and then proceeded to meet our supervisors for the day to be taken to the relevant department.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A lot. With any piece of work the supervisors were happy to help with any queries. Additionally after completing most pieces of work our supervisor would sit down with us and go through it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Enough. Although we didn't get to meet our employer, she kept in contact by email and was ready to reply to any questions that we may have had.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Unfortunately the work experience week is not paid and so we had to pay for lunch everyday (except Monday when it was provided) and travel costs
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I do not really understand this question. We weren't given any sort of tasks to do outside of the office and were not given any lunch meetings to attend with other firms...
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a helpful and comprehensive work experience programme which informed me greatly in the workings of a commercial law firm and how to go about becoming a lawyer.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons? *
Even if you are unsure of whether you want a career in law or not it is still an invaluable experience. The work required can and is done by people with no prior legal experience.
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