1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a work experience student for one week, we had one law-related presentation every day and then we were assigned to a different trainee every day in different departments who give you different tasks to do, e.g. read case summaries, research, paperwork etc. You get to meet quite a few people in addition to the other work experience students.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
This will have to be an N/A answer since the work experience was only meant to show you what working at Pinsent Masons would be like instead of teaching you legal skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
This programme really exceeded my expectations. Everyone I met was very friendly and even if I had to do some of the more menial tasks at times all of this was a good insight into what working as a trainee at Pinsent Masons would be like. Overall it was a very beneficial and enjoyable experience which made me more determined to pursue a legal career.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
Pinsent Masons stressed the fact that they were open to any questions we may have and the trainees were very friendly and checked up on us.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme was well organised and we were given a schedule so we knew what was going to happen each day.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The trainees were very helpful and were careful to make sure we were doing fine with the tasks we were given.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Pinsent Masons gave a lot of support who spent some time on the first day to introduce us to the firm properly as well as technicalities, e.g. IT, health and safety etc.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Again an N/A answer since it wasn't paid work experience.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Again this was only for a week's worth of work experience for high school students so this question isn't really applicable.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
This programme will be very useful for people who want to pursue a legal career in the future since it was such a great opportunity to see what a top law firm is like and to meet current trainees.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
The application process is fairly straightforward but I expect there to be some competition seeing as Pinsent Masons is one of the very few law firms, or perhaps the only one, who runs an open work experience scheme on a national level, so I would advise you to take care with the online application, e.g. grammar, spelling etc.
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