Virtual Learning Experience

Virtual Work Experience

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I nearly didn’t apply to Freshfields.

Meeting current trainees at Freshfields and talking to them about where they went to university and what they studied changed my mind. Speaking to someone already here can offer a different perspective. Anyone with extenuating circumstances or a disability should also get in touch as there is a really good support network.

Freshfields is an elite firm without being elitist,

if that makes sense. When I joined Freshfields I was pleased to learn that D&I is a priority and the firm is structured to promote diversity.

The three-month seats here mean you learn more bespoke skills.

I feel that Freshfields has a more personal touch, with people there to explain how the concepts work in practice on live work.

At Freshfields you work on the best and most complex deals but also have your say.

As a trainee, you’re responsible for your own work and feeding into a bigger picture, providing info to complete the puzzle. I initially struggled to get my head around the fact that I was being included in the partners’ emails and being asked to provide my thoughts; I was surprised that my opinion mattered and that I was meaningfully contributing.

 

You are never the smartest person in the room at Freshfields,

which is great. Everyone can teach you something here.

People are interested in what you do in your spare time.

I’m into powerlifting, which I’ve been able to share with other members of the team, including making a presentation and adding an article to a departmental newsletter.

Pro bono work is incredibly grounding.

I worked at the Tower Hamlets Law Centre every fortnight for six months and helped coordinate the sessions. In your ‘normal’ work (although Freshfields doesn’t distinguish between this and pro bono), you can get really stressed about something like a share-price change. Working with homeless people gives a real sense of perspective, as well as being rewarding and building key skills for the future. You’re working one-on-one, carefully gathering relevant info and listening to clients and providing them with life-changing advice.

I’ve also been involved in social impact bonds, which are outcome-based government contracts that seek to resolve an issue like homelessness. I had a lot of client involvement, including dealing directly with the client contact.

Freshfields is what you make it.

Signing up for different things can open the door to amazing experiences. I have been involved in the firm’s wellbeing initiatives and our reverse mentoring programme, where I was matched with one of our senior partners.

Freshfields in three words?

Collaborative, innovative and exciting!

What can trainees expect of Freshfields?

At Freshfields you can expect no day to be the same. You will get lots of support and the chance to learn something new every day.

What does Freshfields expect of trainees?

Freshfields expects commitment, dedication and enthusiasm. You need to put your best foot forward and bring your true authentic self to work.

International work

We help our clients cross borders with confidence – and we can help you do the same.

A global network

We provide a worldwide service, so you’ll need to consider cultural, political and economic factors, and be ready to work in diverse, multinational teams.

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Day 11 of 12 Days of Hints & Tips, our holiday gift to you! To apply for our training contract or vacation scheme, visit https://t.co/8MMmbSPha9. Applications close 6 Jan 2022. #Freshfieldsgrads12days https://t.co/e4c0SAQTQn