1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role was to help trainee solicitors with their work: everyday, I moved to a different department to help out with tasks such as writing articles for news bulletins, completing document reviews for upcoming cases, writing case reports for conferences and researching key terms.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to work in the mind-set of a solicitor, by focusing in on key issues and working to achieve achievable solutions.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the programme very much.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
I felt very valued by Pinsent Masons - all the trainee solicitors I helped communicated utmost gratitude for my efforts.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well-structured. Before the week started, I was given a basic timetable and on the first day, I was given a more detailed timetable of the departments I was to work in and with whom. Each trainee solicitor had work for me to do and most mornings there was a presentation to watch that developed my understanding of working in a commercial law firm such as Pinsent Masons.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received a lot of support from my training providers - each one made sure to introduce me to the team, discuss with me what their department does and was always on hand to ask questions about task or generally about their experiences.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Unpaid - work experience.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
No, since I was only working for one week, there wasn't time to participate in extra-curriculars.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
I found the experience really helpful in deciding my future career path and genuinely enjoyed every day I was there.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Don't be scared of the application form! Although it looks tough, the firm really wants to hear your enthusiasm and see that you are a well-rounded person, not just academic-focused. Also, you don't have to write that you want to study law to get on the programme - if you want to study another subject at university, then law, that's fine! Lastly, research the firm - it helps!
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