1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
We spent time in three different departments, getting to know the team, and the daily schedule of most trainee lawyers. We were given extensive information about the different areas of law, and most helpfully, the different routes into law.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have enhanced my IT skills whilst working in the office. Most notably, perhaps, is how much I have learnt about the importance of good networking. The trainees stressed to me how important it was to value and respect every member of every team to put yourself in good stead for the rest of your career.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the programme very much, as I learnt a lot about the working environment in an office as big as Pinsent Masons. I learnt about the fast pace of a career in law, and I really enjoyed the great variety of tasks that I was given to do, all varying greatly. The experience exceeded my expectations and I really enjoyed my time here, as it has given me something to aspire to, and aim for.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
The trainee solicitors that I was shadowing all treated me with respect, as if I was their peer, and answered all of my questions with elaboration and had a genuine interest in my thoughts about law.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think that the structure of the programme was well done, with a wide variety of business exercises, work experiences and presentations. There was always someone to ask questions to, making sure that any uncertainties were quickly corrected.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I felt very supported by a wealth of different people. My peers were helpful in making me feel like part of a team in the business exercise, and the trainees that I shadowed answered any questions I had about the work they had given me, or just law itself.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There was great support from the HR team, and the different people that gave us presentations.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I was not paid due to the nature of the work experience.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We were told about the long term perks of working at Pinsent Masons, in terms of career, but also in terms of extra curricular activities- such as yoga, football, basketball and netball.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience here, and was given a career to aspire towards.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
I gained my work experience through the Pathways to Law programme.
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