1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
We met lots of different trainees at the firm and every day there was a small presentation about different aspects of the law. We also had the opportunity to interact with different lawyers and learn about what they did day-to-day. We were given several tasks to complete e.g. project proposals.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I learnt the importance of time management and how to create a presentation in a short time span. I developed my skills of attention to detail and also improved my inter-personal skills and research skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I quite enjoyed the programme as it was a good opportunity to see what it is like to work in a law firm that has many regional offices rather than just an international law firm. It helped me to understand the work culture. However, the programme didn't meet my expectations as we didn't get involved in any proper work.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
I feel pretty valued by Pinsent Masons as the firm went out of their way to create a work experience programme which required a selection process and this shows that they are dedicated to helping young people have a opportunity to gain experience in the legal sector. They also made sure that the day was structured and so we always had something to do.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme was well structured as there was a proper timetable made to accommodate us. We got to spend each day in a different department so it meant that you were really getting to grips with how a law firm operates and it also made me realise just how diverse the practice is. The trainees were happy to speak to us when we had questions.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received a fair amount of support from my training provider as they were always there to answer my questions. One lawyer in particular was very helpful and also showed genuine enthusiasm for my decision to enter this field and wanted to know about my school career and also offered me beneficial advice.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I received quite a lot of support as my mentors were there to guide me when I needed help. They also shared their experiences with me and this helped to give me an idea of what I need to do in order to reach their position in a law firm.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
We did not get paid a salary or package to meet my costs as this was a work experience programme which is voluntary and so the firm do not pay for any living costs or travel costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I don't know if there are as we weren't offered any opportunities because it was a work experience programme but I was aware that there are a lot of pro bono and volunteering opportunities as well as sporting activities available to staff.
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend because they are the only firm that have a national work experience programme and this in itself is very rare. Such a good opportunity is hard to come by. The programme was enjoyable and gave me an insight into life in a law firm.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons? *
I would advise others to make sure to plan their application in advance and don't leave it to the last minute. Make sure to research the firm beforehand and also have some understanding of what law firms do. Also, read and re-read your application before you send it so that there are no spelling or grammatical errors. Make sure that you get someone else to read your application too and perhaps they can give some input.
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