Spotlight on Employers: Pinsent Masons

About Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons is a purpose-led professional service business with a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice. Pinsent Masons has over 3,400 employees operating out of 27 locations across Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

Pinsent Masons champions change and promote progress to make business work better for people. The business has embedded a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives to create an environment in which its people can flourish.

The firm is committed to creating a better workplace where all their talent can succeed and feel like they belong. They want to attract, retain, and develop people at all levels and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates whatever your ethnicity, religion, age, physical or mental disability/ long term condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristics protected by local law in the jurisdictions in which they operate.

Pinsent Masons offers work experience programmes to over 150 students each year across its eight UK offices. Candidates are from a variety of backgrounds and can apply for the school work experience, vacation placement and training contract programmes.

Pinsent Masons Opportunities for Students

Virtual Work Experience Programme

This programme is open to students who aspire to build a legal career. It gives the opportunity to experience first-hand what it feels like to work in commercial law. Applications for this Virtual Work Experience is open to all but highly recommended for undergraduate law students and non-law students who would like to qualify as solicitors.

What students stand to gain: Practical experience in Commercial Law, profile and knowledge boost, great addition to CV

Programme Duration: Activities are self-paced. However, recommended time to complete each task is stated. Modules could be completed over a number of days.

Availability: This programme is available at all times throughout the year.

Click this link to register for the Virtual Work Experience Programme at Pinsent Manson

School Work Experience Programme

This is a 4-day virtual work experience placement for students to gain valuable experience and discover what it’s like to work in a leading commercial law firm. This placement provides opportunities for successful candidates to spend time in different practice areas in the firm in order to find out about the work they do. Participants are also opportune to participate in sessions where presentations are made on different subjects, such as routes into a legal career. A more practical aspect to activities will see candidates working with other students on group exercises to stretch their commercial knowledge.

Eligibility Criteria: 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.

What Students Stand to Gain:

  • Learn about skills and qualifications required to scale in your legal career. This is necessary for future career planning and decision making.
  • Discover different practice area in commercial law
  • Opportunity to be mentored by a supervisor – top legal professionals in the firm during the course of the programme.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Dates for 2021 Virtual Legal School Work Experience Programme

Monday 11th – Thursday 14th October 2021 (Scotland Only)

Monday 18th – Thursday 21st October 2021 (Scotland Only)

Monday 25th – Thursday 28th October 2021 (England Only)

Making an application: Applications for 2021 cohort are currently closed. Get up to date information about 2022 application timelines on the company’s page.

Vacation Placement Scotland

Pinsent Masons offers a paid summer vacation placement programme for university students in their penultimate year onwards. This scheme exposes students to practical Trainee Solicitor experience in one practice area. This is an amazing opportunity to develop transferable professional skills, build confidence and establish professional networks useful for the rest of your career. Click here for more information on application dates and recruitment requirements. If you want to find out more about the placements before applying, check dates and details of the firm’s graduate events you could attend.