Formal Training

7.1 / 10

(based on 9 ratings in 2017)

2017

"I have been able to develop a number of skills including advocacy and drafting."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Training varies from seat to seat but has generally been very good with a decent amount of high-end work delegated to help us to broaden skills. We are able to attend various seminars to ensure that we keep abreast of the law."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"We only had a day of induction, which was unfortunate. However, I understand that this has now changed and a longer, more comprehensive induction will be provided."
First year trainee, London
"There's a good variety of work and research tasks to help you learn more about the practical side of law."
Second year trainee, London
"We did not receive much formal training before going into our teams. The firm usually has a two-week induction to complete the professional skills course modules, get to know each other and have IT training. The firm used to do the professional skills course in-house but this has now been outsourced."
First year trainee, London
"There are good online systems that help with our training on firm software etc."
First year trainee, London

2016

"We go on externally arranged professional skills courses. Aside from that there hasn't been much in the way of formal learning. It's more learn as you progress, which will suit some people more than formal learning anyway."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of additional lectures and seminars that you can attend if you wish."
First year trainee, London
"The firm encourages trainees to be independent so you learn the area of work quickly."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The process was changed in our year so, rather than being given two weeks to complete the professional skills course modules, we were given two days before going into our teams – this meant we didn't get much time to get to know each other or do training courses on the systems. However, HR have taken this on board and are planning to improve the system going forward."
First year trainee, London
"There are in-house seminars from internal and external sources as well as lots of quality supervision and feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has enrolled us all on the professional skills course and we have picked our own options. We are also studying for the award in London market insurance."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"At the start of my time with the firm I went through a three week training and induction programme in London. Thereafter, I have regularly received training throughout my training contract both through the professional skills course electives and through internal workshops. I have developed numerous non-legal skills including developing client relationships, how to prepare and present effective presentations as well as identifying personality types."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"I have benefitted most from the one-to-one training with my supervisors"
First year trainee, London
"Training is very impressive here, but I have found that the best training is the informal work on the job and is provided by solicitors/partners in the team."
Second year trainee, London
"I have found that most training occurs on the job, but there is formal training at the beginning of the training contract, and you can always request more if you like."
First year trainee, London
"The introductory training programme for trainees is well-rounded and enjoyable. Additional mandatory learning such as the LLMIT insurance syllabus is particularly useful for those with a limited academic background in insurance law. Regular know-how lunchtime seminars covering different parts of the firm's practices are freely open to all trainees and are in my experience, wholly beneficial."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Formal training was based on communication, writing, conversing, legal structures, procedure, etc."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"There is a clear emphasis on training at the firm. Solicitors and partners are always inviting you to attend client meetings, and seminars from experts and counsel."
First year trainee, London
"We have a week long induction to the firm and then regular updated training sessions both online and in person."
First year trainee, London
"There are various internal training programmes which solicitors can partake in, such as seminars and workshops. However, as I am only four weeks in this question is quite difficult to answer right now."
First year trainee, London
"So far, the training has been perfect - we received lots of training before we started (on top of the PSC). We also do various industry exams and training which is great for setting you apart from the other trainees coming with NQ's in the industry."
First year trainee, London
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