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Formal Training

7.7 / 10

(based on 9 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Ad hoc training (learn on the job) mixed with the usual formal training (legal, commercial, soft skills etc). Different teams have different training programmes and these can be variable."
Second year trainee, London
"Satisfactory in some departments and excellent in others. Overall good."
Second year trainee, London
"Very much depends upon the department. Trainees all complete the professional skills course but some departments have much better junior lawyer training than others (tends to be the transactional teams)."
Second year trainee, London
"The training is excellent at the firm, both internal and external, with department specific sessions as well as more general skills-based sessions such as those on negotiation and advanced written communication."
Second year trainee, London
"Weil has a comprehensive formal training programme for its trainees. This includes departmental, but also more general, training."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Training does depend on the department, but you can go through your training contract with no formal training at all."
First year trainee, London
"Despite the quality of internal training programmes varying by department, these training programmes are good overall."
Second year trainee, London
"In my opinion this is (largely) a learning by doing profession, but the firm do run training sessions every few months on topical areas of law. Skills are quickly picked up and maintained while on the job itself: for instance, you pick up management, social and analytical skills on any deal and by repeating the process they are ingrained further."
Second year trainee, London
"The training at the firm is exceptional. Colleagues at all levels spare a great deal of time to talk trainees through the matters or deals in which they are involved, so that you obtain a deep understanding not only of particular legal aspects involved, but also the commercial points and the client's background and interests. I have had considerable external training on various topics including client care and effective negotiation skills. I have been able to make significant strides in my legal research and drafting skills, while my increasing exposure to clients has enabled me to improve my professional communication skills."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The training I have received has mainly been 'on the job training' rather than formal training."
Second year trainee, London
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