1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Work experience student- basic research tasks into clients and our own research into legal terminology and background on clients of the firm.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I now know much more about commercial law and the way an office works. My commercial awareness is also much better, which is really important when studying law but can be so easily overlooked.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed my programme for the most part and much more than I expected to. The other people on the work experience programme were really nice and we had some really good discussions getting to know each other, but also talking to each other about law and topics of debate surrounding that.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
Pinsent Masons made us feel very valued and a part of the team, with trainees sitting with us at lunch and showing us around really nicely.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Mostly well organised, although when we arrived they seemed to think that we would be GCSE students rather than A2/ university students, so some of the prepared presentations were not really relevant. The work given was good, but sometimes there was little to do just due to the business of the office
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
After each task the trainee with which I was partnered spoke to me about what I found difficult/ easy, how my day was going, if I needed any extra help which was a really useful time to ask questions. They made this really welcoming.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Other employees not directly involved in the work experience programme complained about the fact that there was "highschool kids" everywhere. This made me a bit uncomfortable in the deli at lunch time. All staff which were directly in contact with us were lovely though.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Unpaid and no expenses opportunities, unlike on other law firms programmes. However the deli sold good value food and we were provided with lunch on the first day.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We were invited to go on the trainee social, which was nice. All of the trainees got on really well and sat together at lunch every day. Myself and the other work experience students went out together after one of the days, just because for one girl it was her first time in Manchester
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Pinsent Masons offers the chance to do a work experience programme which is not just in London, really giving the chance for students to gain an understanding of commercial law which doesn't break the bank! Even if you spend the week at pinsent masons and realise that a career in commercial law is not for you, you have at least gained a direction in your legal career goals!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons? *
Think with a wide outlook and research the firm- it genuinely helps for any application
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