1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Each day we had a presentation in the morning from a department in Pinsent Masons such as Oil and Gas or Property which would last thirty minutes to one hour. We would then be shown to our seat for the day and be introduced to the team in a department which would rotate each day of the week. In our seats we would do research, form reports and work on our personal statements too. We would then receive feedback from our supervisor on our tasks which was highly beneficial.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt more about researching and analysing information as well as thinking critically and problem solving in cases where there has been disputes between a company and an individual or two companies. This has developed my skill set which will be very useful for the future at university as a law student.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoyed the work experience programme at Pinsent Masons due to the people in the company being very welcoming and friendly as well as the work being interesting and relevant for someone wanting to study law at university. It exceeded my expectations for the week as I was made to feel very comfortable in their work environment.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
The work I did each day was valued by the trainees who gave helpful and constructive feedback.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The work experience programme at Pinsent Masons was very well organised and structured. It allowed students to maximise their week by offering an insight into several departments through presentations and work as well as a visit to the court. The work provided was interesting to do and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The trainees provided us with a large amount of support and were very approachable if you wanted to ask them a question or would have liked some help with the work or a specific question. The feedback they gave was constructive and helpful and they also provided valuable advice for the future in terms of studying law at university and landing a traineeship at a reputable firm like Pinsent Masons.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We were generally around the trainees as opposed to the partners or senior associates however we did receive some of the departmental presentations from solicitors within the company. Everyone at the firm was very friendly and willing to give up their time to speak to you and offer their insight into life as a solicitor.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
Pinsent Masons is a very well respected firm with extremely friendly employees which make you feel welcome and wanted. Everyone is very approachable and all feedback given is constructive. It also is very good at giving you a varied experience as you get to spend time in a different department each day and can therefore see what you enjoy the most.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
To try and sell yourself. Put in all your qualifications and also extracurricular activities which will also appeal to them even if they are not law related. It is also good to demonstrate a knowledge of the firm in your application to show that you really want to do work experience at Pinsent Masons.
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