Work Experience Student - Unpaid Role at Pinsent Masons

Start Date:
Edinburgh Scotland
Programme Type:
Work Experience
Review Date:
August 2018

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


We are given tasks in our practice groups, this may be tasks such as research for information or populating a contract.

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


I have developed my writing skills, my attention to detail and teamwork skills.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I made lots of new friends and gained a real insight into the firm. Every employee I met was very friendly and had time to speak to me. It was amazing to see how solicitors worked on a day to day basis and how they progress up the ladder in the work place.

4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?


Everyone appreciated the work I did and was very considerate.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


We were given a timetable at the beginning of the week and it was stuck to very well. We had plenty of time for everything, but was never bored and it was a varied programme so each day was interesting. We spent time in two departments over the course of the week.

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


We were well-supported by our supervisors and they gave us tasks and supported us throughout the process. We also had a mock trial which was very entertaining and we received help from many different people in preparation for that.

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


I received amazing support from everybody in the firm. I was introduced to everyone from trainee solicitors right up to partners and everybody was happy to say hello and took a genuine interest in my work. I was never bored and everyone was happy to answer my questions which was lovely.

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


We received a free lunch on the first day. We were not paid/reimbursed however, we received valuable experience.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


We did not do anything outside of our work experience from 9am-5pm. However, all the students went to lunch together everyday which was fun.

9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?


9b. Why?

It gives you an invaluable insight into the realities of a law firm. You work with amazing people and are able to develop your skills.

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

Show your enthusiasm for the placement, and why you're interested in law - and specific areas e.g. employment or intellectual property.

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