1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
1 Week Work Experience. We had several practice groups, where we gained contact time with solicitors and more specialised skills, and presentations where we learnt wider things about our potential law career.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes. I've learnt how to criticise litigation more adequately, as well as skills that are specific to law, such as how to write certain documents and maintain good client relations.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
To a great extent. There were 7 of us doing it and we all got on well, the firm was very welcoming of us and all of the staff working there were very nice.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
I feel fairly valued by Pinsent Masons. Whilst some of the time I spent there I was worried that I was only an extra task for my supervisors, a lot of the time I felt genuinely helpful as I was completing real tasks.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is incredibly well structured. Pinsent Masons clearly invest a great deal into their work experience programme - it was all timetabled out, and there was never a moment when I had nothing to do.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Unfortunately, I can't take law at my school, and so the best that my school had offered in terms of skills was critically analysing texts and thinking independantly.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I recieved a fair amount of support from my employer. Most of the time they will teach me how to do something whilst I'm there, although some of the time I am left unsure of how to complete certain tasks.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Unfortunately, the work experience was voluntary, and so I wasn't paid, meaning that my package didn't meet my costs - although they weren't too expensive.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There were very few opportunities outside of work. Whilst I was only there for a week, the feeling I got was that staff didn't spend much time with eachother whilst not at the firm.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
Pinsent Masons has offered me competitive law experience that will allow me to gain real skills, meaning that I would definitely recommend the firm to a friend considering commercial law.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
To apply to Pinsent Masons, one must be very committed in choosing to have law as a career. Hoping to do a law-conversion course is fine though - hoping to complete a straight law degree is not seen as any better.
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