Gap Year Programme – au revoir but not goodbye

It is that time of the year when our Gap Year Students fly the nest and take a well-earned break before heading off to start their university studies.  Although the placement is typically only eight months (some students have agreed with their individual practice areas to extend theirs beyond this) it never ceases to amaze me how much the students develop during their time at the firm.

We held a review day in Leeds just over a week ago at which each of the students shared with the others the biggest highlights and challenges of their time at Pinsent Masons.  I was delighted to hear that the students had been involved in  a wide-range of activities including: 

  • Using their foreign language skills translating documents on a trip to the firm’s Munich office 
  • Represented the firm at law fairs and campus events
  • Met the boxer David Haye (who was a witness at a court hearing)
  • Organised client events and the office Christmas party
  • Instigated/fallen victim to the odd prank around the office involving ‘Post-it’ notes (see picture)

Post-it Notes

This was all testament to the hard work the students have put in during their placements, as once you master the basics and perform those tasks well, you will be rewarded with more complex and interesting work.  To read more about the students’ experience visit (the job title the students are given during the placement is Legal Support Coordinator).

Our next batch of  Gap Year Students will be joining us in September 2013 on what will be our largest intake yet (15 students) with placements taking place for the first time in Manchester and our Scottish offices (we also have opportunities in our Belfast office).  If you think you might be interested in undertaking a gap year yourself in September 2014 applications will open in September this year, further information about how to apply can be found on our website.