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Formal Training

8.9 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Regular professional skills courses on soft skills and industry/regulatory knowledge. Departmental training on specific issues to that department. Comprehensive IT training during induction."
First year trainee, London
"There is a large amount of additional training that is practice area and non-practice area specific."
First year trainee, London
"Thorough training programme at the start of, and during, each seat."
Second year trainee, London
"The training is excellent at Mayer Brown. You get department-specific as well as general training throughout your two years and lots of it. You are therefore prepared for most situations that are thrown your way."
First year trainee, London
"Professional skills course (PSC) training held during the training contract and at the firm's offices. Each practice area has specific training which takes place through the first two months or so of the seat. I have picked up specific legal skills through the training and also being given responsibility over challenging work which required my own research. I have picked up non-legal skills in communication, organisation and client care on the PSC as well as through the nature of my work."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of training sessions, mostly within your department and they are very useful. You can also attend a lot of additional optional training sessions and people are always on hand and ready to help if you have questions."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Entry into a new seat comes with plenty of training for the particular department. The training is carried out by associates and partners in the department, so it is also a good opportunity to get to know the team better. Other formal training is spread over the two years."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very good in terms of formal training. We have lots of training which means you are well prepared in general and within your department."
First year trainee, London
"There are training sessions on personal branding and effective communication along with practice-area specific sessions means that the training programme is very well-balanced."
First year trainee, London
"The training I have received is very good - in addition to my departmental training I have also attended master-classes in presentation skills which are extremely useful."
First year trainee, London
"Regular department-specific training on key issues. These are good because they are front-loaded and, aside from anything else, a good chance to get an experienced lawyer for an hour to ask general questions of. There are regular seminars and refreshers on recent developments and tricky areas of law throughout the year."
First year trainee, London
"The firm's training programme is really good. The training and development team take a lot of care putting together programmes for us. In addition to that, the new Graduate Recruitment manager is excellent so we can expect to see some good changes in the next couple of years."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The firm's training programme is strong, with a wide and ongoing range of legal and non-legal training sessions."
Second year trainee, London
"We have the core PSC training spread throughout the training contract, which is supplemented by department specific training."
First year trainee, London
"Mayer Brown offers an extensive training programme which is very well structured. I have attended many departmental and trainee (and associate level) training courses both internally and externally on a range of skills, including a vast amount of corporate and pensions training, BD training on pitches and client development, client seminar events and financial and commercial awareness skills."
Second year trainee, London
"Each department has specific training programmes for the trainees, and there is also more general training based on whether you are in your first seat, second seat, etc."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Generally good, comprehensive."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a very established training programme regime. I attend legal and non-legal training sessions on a weekly basis. I am also invited to firm-wide talks on a variety of commercial issues."
First year trainee, London
"Good legal training, both in the specific departments and compulsory PSC foundation training as required by the SRA. Training sessions are good, if only for points of reference later when doing work."
First year trainee, London
"Firm is good at getting you started on the soft skills early as well as SRA-mandated aspects. Encouraged to attend external seminars, etc. Some SRA training providers could be better."
Second year trainee, London
"Each team has its own internal training which is often really helpful and comprehensive meaning you have the background law to any task you have to do later. We also have Professional Skills Course training and the firm picks your electives for you."
Second year trainee, London
"Pretty front-loaded with training at the start. You get induction training, department-specific training, and contentious seat training."
First year trainee, London
"Well structured training. Plenty of training for every seat."
Second year trainee, London
"PSC electives chosen by the firm are very worthwhile, particularly the trainee development centre and follow up session which provides feedback on what sort of impression we give to other people and how we fare on presentation, interviewing and research skills."
Second year trainee, London
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