1. Please give an overview of what your work experience involved:
I was placed in a group of a dozen or so students and was given the opportunity to hear from experts in the field in the form of talks and simulations. I was split into several departments which involved carrying out research, reading cases and providing summaries to my supervisor.
2. What training and skills development did you learn from your work experience?
Firstly I gained a great insight into the nature of commercial law, having to read several academic articles and extracts from court. Discussions of my work with my supervisors gave me greater confidence in my academic abilities. I also learnt much about the role of a barrister and practical skills in the legal profession.
3. To what extent did you enjoy your work experience?
I enjoyed my work experience greatly and gained a great insight into the friendly and diverse culture at the firm. I was provided with clear tasks and a degree of responsibility. Much of the work I was given was also highly relevant and pressing which helped convince me of the practical use of legal study.
4. How well organised was your work experience?
My work experience was very clearly organised and structured, giving me a clear time able along with a brief introduction and office tour. I was provided with several tasks to carry out each day, usually in the afternoon after a morning of talks or group activities designed to develop our skills.
5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?
I learnt much about the culture and the friendly feel at the firm. I did not sense any sort of hostile or intense office environment which contradicted my initial impressions of the legal profession. I felt welcomed and a part of the team as well as being recognised for the work I did
6. How much did your work experience help you in deciding on your future career path?
My work experience gave me a great impression of the field and will probably form a major part of my decision if I do decide to go into a law firm. I gained a valuable sense of the day to day life of a lawyer and was given with career advice
7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?
I was provided with a lunch voucher for the first day but aside from that I was expected to take care of my own costs in terms of transport and meals. The location in central London made it convenient to access from the Tube and meant I did not have to go far
8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?
I was provided with the chance to meet and network with staff members in a variety of departments, alongside higher members who guided me with my work. I also benefited greatly from a chance to review my CV with practical advice, alongside advice for securing vacation schemes and training contracts
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
I gained a great impression of a firm which is full of interesting people who clearly have interests and skills outside of law. This created a welcoming and diverse culture and means that everyone was very sympathetic of general concerns. The firm also has many international links and is well respected
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Try to spend as much time as you can on the application process and do not put it off until the last minute. Researching legal issues to show your interest in law is helpful, as is reading into areas which Pinsent Masons specialise in. After all, an interest in these areas is what will make you enjoy your placement the most.
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