My vacation placement in the London office of Pinsent Masons began on 19th June and ran for two weeks. It is difficult to summarise such a wonderful fortnight, but hopefully, this blog will give a flavour of the amazing time that anyone lucky enough to obtain a placement with Pinsent Masons will experience.
Sometimes at other law firms, there is an initial period of awkwardness, during which the members of your department do not fully trust you with interesting and important tasks and as such, you can be left twiddling your thumbs. However, this could not be further from my experience at Pinsent Masons. After the first day of induction, I was immediately given tasks by a variety of people in my department, ranging from my trainee buddy all the way up to partner level. This continued throughout my fortnight at the Firm and was the main reason why I found my placement so enjoyable and rewarding; taking on responsibility from the outset was something I thrived upon, and I felt an enormous sense of satisfaction through being able to contribute to firm activities as much as possible. I was allocated tasks from my trainee buddy as well as more senior members of the team. The sense of pride I felt when a task that I had completed was used in relation to a client matter was fantastic.
One of the reasons behind this level of work is the uniquely open-plan nature of Pinsent Masons’ offices. During my placement, I was sat with senior associates and trainees alike, which demonstrates the lack of a hierarchical feel to the firm; something which, unlike other firms, allows for a much higher quantity of interaction with all levels within the business. Consequently, the workload becomes more varied and interesting, whilst the environment itself is a relaxing one that I am sure helped me perform my tasks to a higher standard. The approachability of everyone throughout the firm is a superb aspect of life at Pinsent Masons.
Away from the work side of my placement, the firm also put on a variety of social events for us. I was able to play 5-a-side football, was taken for lunch/drinks with the trainees, completed the Crystal Maze (see photo!) and, my personal highlight, our vacation scheme social at Bounce. These were all great ways to interact with members of our departments and the firm in general in a more informal way. We were also lucky enough to be invited to the office summer party on our final day, which was very fortunate timing on our part! All of these activities demonstrate the inclusive nature of Pinsent Masons and hugely contributed to my wonderful experience.
To wrap up, anyone who spends time with Pinsent Masons, through a vacation scheme or otherwise, is in for an absolute treat. I am so grateful for this opportunity and for everyone who made my experience so special.
My name is Jennifer and this summer I embarked upon a nerve-wracking journey as I was beginning my first ever virtual summer placement. However, as I reflect on my time at Pinsent Masons, all I feel is gratitude that I was fortunate enough to be involved in such an incredible experience.
Vacation schemes these days are likened to ‘gold dust’ for many reasons – they’re difficult to secure but experiencing them is very valuable. Add to that the highly competitive graduate recruitment market, the somewhat daunting application and assessment process and the fact that the majority of law firms recruit at the same time, meaning the preparation and submission of several application forms in a short period of time and it’s a tricky time for any future lawyer.
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