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Formal Training

8.3 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The formal training varies depending on your department. Larger departments tend to have more formalised training sessions."
First year trainee, London
"You are given a significant amount of training on relevant areas at the start of every new seat as well as at the start of the training contract. This is very useful and is a good insight into the kind of work you will be doing. The training programmes are not only work based, we also have a lot of life-skills based programmes that are also really great."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a good and well structured formal training programme, but the smaller/growing departments often have fewer resources in place for formal training sessions."
Second year trainee, London
"I have definitely found that my training programme at Latham (both my initial three-week induction programme and continuing training throughout my seats) has included a broad range of training on the legal aspects of the job and the soft skills required, including communication and time keeping etc."
First year trainee, London
"There's training from associates on all relevant parts of the job (from a legal perspective) and the ability to gain soft skills from the work you do."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Most training is given on the job and there is less focus on soft or non-legal skills. There is a variety of training held at the firm but it can often be difficult to attend this due to work commitments."
First year trainee, London
"The training contract is now well established and there is good training available – both office-wide and specific to each department where appropriate. I prefer a balance of formal training and hands-on experience (you certainly get enough of the latter at Latham)."
Second year trainee, London / Hong Kong
"There could be a more formal training programme for trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Good training. Great supervisors. Plenty of non-legal skills from pro bono, committee support work and networking events with senior associates and partners."
First year trainee, London
"The firm's training could be increased. The vast majority is on the job."
Second year trainee, London
"The formal training consists of lectures with PowerPoint and sandwich lunches, where someone talks at you for continuing professional development points. It's probably average for the industry. There's not any special effort to make the training sessions particularly useful or engaging. That said, the firm does invest a fair amount in training, and there have been many good sessions."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"While I think that there could be improvements and additions to formal legal training, I have found that I developed soft skills and project management abilities very quickly,"
First year trainee, London
"Training sessions are held almost daily in all different areas of law, and I can see that it's enabled the trainees to pick up a wide variety of legal and non-legal skills."
Second year trainee, London
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