1. Please give an overview of what your work experience involved:
Each morning there was a talk from a trainee about law and their experience. Also there was group activities such as a business consultancy event and a mock employment tribunal. Throughout the week we spent time in two sectors, for example, Finance and Energy. We were paired with a trainee who acted as a supervisor and gave us tasks to complete including reading case reports.
2. What training and skills development did you learn from your work experience?
It definitely gave me an insight into the job of a solicitor on a daily basis. I developed my ability to quickly and efficiently condense texts and improve my time management skills. The mock employment tribunal improved my confidence at constructing and presenting a legal argument. I also learned about different areas of law specifically employment law.
3. To what extent did you enjoy your work experience?
I really enjoyed my work experience as it was a really good opportunity to get real experience in a law firm. I thought the trainees put in a lot of effort to make it an enjoyable week. There was talks and tasks arranged for us throughout our time there which were very interesting.
4. How well organised was your work experience?
I thought it was very well organised as our day was varied - we were not simply at a desk all day. They made sure to make time for us to ask questions and talk to them about how they got into law and Pinsent Masons as well as offering advice.
5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?
I learned quite a lot about the firm as on the first day we were giving an induction explaining the values of the firm, it’s aims and it’s structure. Moreover, we received a talk about what charities the firm works with and how it’s leading the way in improving mental health support for employees.
6. How much did your work experience help you in deciding on your future career path?
It was of significant help as it confirmed my decision to study Law and International Relations at University next year. It also broadened my knowledge as the different types of law and great variation there is. It also demonstrated the role of commercial solicitors which has led me to consider following that route.
7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?
No, it was a work experience programme so it was voluntary for a week. Yet, we did receive a voucher for lunch on the first day. Notably, for their summer vacation programme which is for 6 weeks you are paid.
8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?
There was as we met lots of different trainees and there was an opportunity to play in a hockey match for the firm. Additionally, each day we ate lunch in the canteen with the trainees.
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
It was a really useful experience which offered lots of opportunities and cemented my desire to study law.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Make sure to spend time over your application as it’s vey popular and lots of people apply. Once you start the placement make sure to show interest, ask questions and fully involve yourself.
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