1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Each morning I received helpful presentations on different aspects of both applying and working as a lawyer. I worked in a different department each day alongside a trainee solicitor including Corporate, Regulatory Legislation and Commercial Property. I read cases and summarised information in concise notes. I researched facts and organised the data on spreadsheets.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I learnt the importance of consistency and improved my attention to detail whilst proof reading and preparing “bundles”’. A team of trainee solicitors ran a business exercise where I was challenged to analyse a case, identify issues, form solutions and pitch a persuasive argument to the group. This developed both my presentation skills and confidence of public speaking.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I found the programme both a valuable and enjoyable experience. I particularly enjoyed spending a week in a busy working atmosphere with other students my age interested about possibly pursuing a career in law. I thought the programme met my full expectations and helped me understand whether I want to enter the law profession.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
Not very applicable, but I was recognised and appreciated for each task I completed or assisted on. The tasks I completed was part of the trainee solicitors work so I felt involved and valued throughout the week.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme was structured very well. At the beginning of the week, each work experience placement received a detailed timetable of their week. The programme was very varied, allowing us to get the most out of the work experience programme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Throughout the week the assisting trainee solicitor was very helpful and supportive. They were happy to answer any questions I had about working in large, cooperate law firm and guided me through complicated or new tasks.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In general, I thought that everybody I met was friendly and made sure they checked that I was fine and enjoying my experience.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I thought that the firm could have covered the travel costs for the five days.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
This was not applicable as it was only a one week work experience placement.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
I thought my work experience placement at Pinsent Masons provided a valuable insight into a commercial law firm.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Be careful not to rush the application form and think carefully about each question as it is easy to make mistakes. I found it useful to complete all my answers of word first and then copy and paste them into the online application form. Try to start the application process as early as possible and not leave it a few days before the deadline.
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