1. Please give an overview of what your virtual experience involved:
The PRIME experience helped myself and other aspiring legal students to access the world of corporate law, route into the legal profession and professional services, as well as understanding the daily routines and expectations of trainees and Pinsent Masons employees. The week involved debating, understanding and networking with a variety of keen and aspiring trainees and legal staff.
2. What training and skills development did you learn from your virtual experience?
Upon my time on the PRIME internship i managed to develop my debating skills through group activities such as that of the Jaffa Cake or Biscuit activity, as well as developing my own personal branding, through the likes of CV and statement workshops and other similar presentations and experiences hosted by the firm.
3. To what extent did you enjoy your virtual experience?
The PRIME work experience exceeded my expectations regarding the fluidity of the programme, connecting with relevant employees and trainees in the firm, whilst also understanding the importance of corporate responsibility and other legal routes into the profession. Being able to work both independently and in a team helped structure the placement very well.
4. How well organised was your virtual experience?
The daily and weekly tasks for the programme where clear cut on the table of events and the Forage platform that we were granted access to by Pinsent Masons and Prime in order to work our way through the week. The amount and scope of extra videos and work was exceeding of what you would normally be able to access and the constant support given by the early talent team help the programme run well and smoothly for all.
5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?
During the week I was able to meet people who really embodied the 'ABC' values and strategies that the firm embodied. Pinsent Masons is keen to expand their corporate responsibility and their accessibility is really enshrined through their employees and the makeup of the firm and the way that they operate.
6. How much did your virtual experience help you in deciding on your future career path?
The supervisory aspect of the programme helped me on a 1:1 basis on my journey to becoming a solicitor and what it is like taking the corporate route to the law, despite current issues and restrictions. The industry seems more welcoming than that of what stereotypes suggest and this helped my forge my opinions on approaching the commercial side of the law.
7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?
no, the internship was unpaid as it was part of a work experience scheme for underprivileged students in underperforming areas as part of helping students accessing the world of law and the legal profession, which other wise would have been a challenge to connect with and access on a normal level.
8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?
There were plenty of opportunities to speak and network with a variety of employees and trainees from various areas and such of the business. They were very engaging and helped compile a variety of helpful and interesting presentations and activities that develop my skillset whilst making the programme interesting, immersive and enjoyable.
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
Pinsent Masons is a friendly, bold and creative firm, who embodies their values and core focuses in everything that they do. Employees and trainees at the firm try their best to be helpful, considerate and fun, whilst also undertaking fundamental, corporate work to help engage with younger people and immerse them in the legal profession.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
To make sure you ask any questions that you need to whilst applying or on the programme, at the end of the day the programme is created to support yourselves and the firm to pass on their expertise to people who apply to the programme, so in a small sense no question is too stupid, and expect the firm to always try to help you achieve your goals!