Work Experience Student at Pinsent Masons

Start Date:
2017
Location:
West Midlands
Programme Type:
Work Experience
Review Date:
March 2018

Connect with Pinsent Masons

Review Score

8.7 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

8/10

Everyday was different, but on most days we had seminars on topics including the different pathways one can take to become a lawyer, which were given by the lawyers working at Pinsent Masons. We also did small group activities, and were given information from a real case in order to prepare for and take part in a mock employment tribunal. In the afternoons, we spent time in different departments, such as the Pensions department, and were given tasks to complete by the trainee scheme lawyer we were assigned to for that day. The tasks could vary from drafting letters and completing legal research using the Pinsent Masons intranet, to helping the lawyer with any work they were completing at that time.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

7/10

Many of the activities aided my ability to find key facts in a mass of information, which is a skill that is very useful in general, but especially for law students and lawyers. I also learnt how to improve my research techniques whilst undertaking legal research.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

The experience was enjoyable, partly due to the fact that we always had something to do. Everyone from the firm that was involved in the programme was welcoming and helpful, and we were able to see the firms culture and environment.

4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?

8/10

Pinsent Masons gave us the opportunity to take part in the work the lawyers were completing, which is something that is not common during legal work experience that is undertaken before one has completed a law degree.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

9/10

The week was very well organised. On the first day, we each received a timetable which detailed all the events and activities we would be taking part in throughout the week, as well as the people from the firm who would be leading or helping with the activities. We were given the contact details for the people we would be working with, as well as for the people we would need to contact for help with specific things. The lawyers we were assigned to for the afternoons were always very helpful, making sure we fully understood the tasks we needed to complete, and taking time to help us if we were struggling with something.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

9/10

Throughout the week, we not only met some lawyers but also people from different parts of the firm. Everyone we met was supportive and helpful, and we were confident that any questions that we had would be answered, and that if we needed help with anything, it would be provided.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

9/10

Throughout the week, we not only met some lawyers but also people from different parts of the firm. Everyone we met was supportive and helpful, and we were confident that any questions that we had would be answered, and that if we needed help with anything, it would be provided.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

10/10

As it was work experience, we did not get paid.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

10/10

As we were only there for a week, we did not get to take part in the events outside of work. However, during one of the seminars which was about the firm, we were able to find out that there numerous opportunities for activities outside of work that are available to the employees.

9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

It gives a true insight into the day to day workings of a renowned, international law firm and the sort of work that goes on and you leave with a realistic idea of what working in a commercial law firm is like. If you decide that this is the area you want to work in following the completion of your degree and LPC, you will already know the steps you need to take and things you need to do in order to make your application for trainee schemes at commercial law firms stand out.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?

Make sure you research the firm so that you know the sort of work they do as well as Pinsent Masons values and aims. Write clearly and concisely, and try to emphasise your interest in commercial law, which you can partly do through showing that you are comercially aware.

More from Pinsent Masons

More Reviews Company Profile

Get personalised jobs straight to your inbox

Save time job hunting - get tailored job opportunities sent straight to you!

Recruiting? See how we can help you