1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I was taking part in a work experience programme which meant that I was shadowing a trainee solicitor in their day-to-day work. This mostly involved researching and drafting emails to clients. I had to meet the team and they were very welcoming. They tended to set me a lot of small tasks that were easy for me to complete, most of which were actually useful to them and were taken into account, rather than used as an exercise to keep me busy.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my researching skills as well as skills involving Microsoft Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. I have also developed people skills as I have had to draft emails to clients and interact to a variety of people
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I did enjoy the programme because I was offered many opportunities, for example the chance to go to court and the chance to meet clients. However a lot of the work was quite tedious and repetitive, for example researching and drafting emails took up a lot of time and was not that useful
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
I felt like I was an important member of the team because I was trusted and I was set quite a few difficult and complex tasks. Also my opinion on certain matters and cases was taken into account when I was asked about it. Some of my work was considered and I was given good feedback on it
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme was very well structured on the first day when we had many talks and presentations from solicitors. All the supervisors turned up on time. I got good support from the trainee solicitors who happily answered all my questions. The tasks that I was asked to do were also well explained and I was given enough help to finish them with accuracy.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received a lot of support from my supervisor. They were able to answer all my questions not only about the role at Pinsent Masons but also what it takes to be a lawyer and questions about what specific case they were working on. I felt comfortable to email the supervisors about any questions that I had and if I needed any help. They were happy to show me around and help me if I ever got stuck on a specific task. Overall they were extremely helpful and supportive.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The firm in general helped a lot in guiding me around the firm. They clearly spent a lot of time in organising ways to make us feel welcomed and comfortable in the firm. This was appreciated by all the work experience students. Everyone who worked at the firm were very welcoming and they didn't mind helping us navigating around the firm.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
no salary only a week work experience.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There were a lot of organised activities that we were invited too. However I was only there for one week so I did not fully see what this was like.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
To a friend who is interested in law working at Pinsent Masons is the best experience that one could receive. In my week at Pinsent Masons I learnt a lot about what it is like to enter law and what kind of tasks they do on a day-to-day basis. Not only this, but it is a nice insight to what it is like to work in the corporate world and what
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
It is worth applying to Pinsent Masons because it is a very good experience for those who are interested in law. The application process is very easy to navigate around and the questions are clear. This made it easier to apply. There are no interviews, but you will be told in advance if you are given an offer to do the work experience programme. I would have liked to have been told what I was actually going to do during the work experience programme (i.e. a lot of research, one-on-one work with a trainee solicitor), since I did not really know what to expect when I first arrived. Also the sections that I went into during the week I did not choose. the seats are allocated randomly so you may not be given something that you are interested in, or you may be given something that does not appeal to you. Perhaps in your application you should suggest that your interested in a certain type of law and you may be allocated to that team.
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