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If you’re interested in a legal career, our work experience programme offers the perfect way to find out if it’s the right career choice for you.

Join us on a week’s work placement and you’ll get a full overview of what it’s like to work in a leading commercial law firm. You’ll get valuable on-the-job experience and discover for yourself what law in practice is really like. What’s more, the experience will give your CV a real boost.

Whatever your background, legal knowledge or experience it’s a great way to get an insight into the commercial world and develop your skill-set. So, what are you waiting for?

During the week, you’ll spend time in different practice areas to find out about the work they do. You’ll also have presentations on different subjects, such as routes into a legal career and you’ll work together with other students on a group exercise to stretch your commercial knowledge.

We’re proud to be the top ranked law firm in Rate My Apprenticeship’s Top 100 Employers, 2018-2019.

We believe the legal profession should reflect society as a whole and want to develop both a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. That’s why we were one of the first law firms to sign up for PRIME, the legal sector’s commitment to providing high-quality work experience.

Running for over 10 years, our award-winning programme is one of the largest in the legal sector. In fact, we offer placements to over 150 students each year across our eight UK offices, around 50 of which are linked to our PRIME Commitment.

Each year, we’re seeing candidates from a greater variety of backgrounds applying for our vacation placements and training contracts. In many cases, those who apply to us had their introduction to law through our school work experience programme.

After your placement, you can continue to develop your interest in, and experience of, the legal profession. You could undertake work experience at another firm to understand how different organisations operate.

If you decide to go to university, you can apply to us for a Vacation Placement or a Training Contract. We normally recruit our Trainees two years in advance, so you should take that into consideration in your overall planning.

Even if you decide the law isn’t for you, you’ll have learned some valuable skills that can be transferred into a wide range of careers.

Entry requirements

16
years of age

at least

GCSE
Grade 7-9

or equivalent

Studying
A or AS
levels

or equivalent

High
Grades

expected in your A Levels or equivalent

If you don’t meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you’ve failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, there’s an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.

What you’ll get out of a placement

If you’re interested in a legal career it’s important to find the right firm and the right area of law for you. Join our work placement programme and you’ll learn skills that will be valuable wherever the future takes you.

You’ll learn how the law has a commercial impact on our clients and find out about practice areas like Banking and Employment. You’ll also get an insight into the qualifications you might need for a legal career, so you can make future decisions based on knowledge and experience.

We’ve designed the programme so you’ll work with – and learn from – some of our top people. And we’ve aimed to make it interesting, informative and fun. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • A supervisor who will help you discover the skills you’ll need to be a successful lawyer
  • Spending time in different departments
  • Shadowing our lawyers on real client work
  • Contributing to a business group exercise
  • Attending engaging presentations
  • Taking part in a mock employment tribunal
  • Going over your CV and discussing your career plans with your supervisor

We think it’s a great placement and probably why we were the top ranked law firm in Rate My Apprenticeship’s Top 100 Employers, 2018-2019.

Hear from some people who’ve been on work experience

Making an application

These are the dates of our 2020 work experience placements. Before you apply, please make sure that you’re going to be available for the full week.

England (Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester)

Monday 17 – Friday 21 August 2020
Monday 26 – Friday 30 October 2020

Scotland (Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow)

Monday 3 – Friday 7 August 2020
Monday 12 – Friday 16 October 2020 (Aberdeen & Glasgow) and Monday 19 – Friday 23 October 2020 (Edinburgh)

Northern Ireland (Belfast)

Monday 3 – Friday 7 August 2020

Applications for our 2020 programme open on Monday 30 September 2019 and you’ll need to apply before 23:59 on Tuesday 31 March 2020. We’ll look at all the applications after the closing date and have designed the process to ensure you’ll know the outcome in no more than 6 weeks. Please note that we won’t accept any applications after this time.

You’ll need to do some research to answer some of the questions on the form. So, if you’re serious about applying, please don’t leave it to the last minute.

Some hints and tips to help you with your application

You’ll need to apply using our online application form. This is your first chance to impress us, so take your time and double-check everything before submitting it.

Want to know more?

Why not follow us on our social media channels where you can receive up-to-date news from the firm and find out more about developments across the legal sector?

If you’ve any other questions relating to this programme, take a look through these frequently asked questions. If you still have a question that needs answering, email the work experience team at students@pinsentmasons.com

Some frequently asked questions

No, we only offer work experience placements to school students who are over 16 years old and who are studying towards their AS/A Levels (or equivalent). If you’re still studying towards your GCSEs (or equivalent) you’ll need to wait until you’ve completed them before applying.

We don’t offer non-legal work experience in areas such as Facilities, Finance and Human Resources at the moment, although this may change in the future.

Once the deadline for applications has passed, we screen applications against a pre-defined framework and shortlist students who best meet our requirements. We will contact all candidates within 6 weeks of the application deadline.

Unfortunately, we can’t cover travel or accommodation costs due to the large number of students we offer placements to each year.

We’ll give you lunch on your first day, but after that, you’ll need to provide your own lunch. Most of our offices have in-house delis offering hot and cold food. You’ll also find plenty of local sandwich shops and cafés close to the office.