Attracted to a firm that ‘excelled in its work’, Future Trainee Reuben shares his vacation scheme experience (2 min read)

Weil future trainee Reuben, who studied International Relations with French at LSE took part in our spring vacation scheme. He joins the Firm as a trainee in September 2022. Reuben gives us his top tips when applying to the Firm…

Weil, for me, is exciting, challenging and fun.

I chose to apply to Weil because I was excited by the work the Firm was doing. I knew that it was renowned for Private Equity and Restructuring, and it was important to me to be at a firm that excelled in its work. I also thought that the London office being smaller would benefit my development as a trainee. I had often heard that a smaller intake allowed trainees to take on more responsibility whilst not getting lost in a huge cohort. I participated in a vacation scheme, which was run virtually. This posed a new challenge for both the Firm and participants, but I found it to be a valuable, informative and engaging experience. I sat in Private Equity and was able to get involved in real trainee work.

I helped my supervisor with research on a deal that the Private Equity team was working on. I was also able to read a contract and work through an ongoing contractual dispute, that a client was dealing with.

Despite the vacation scheme being run online, I felt that I gained insight into what it would be like to work at Weil - there were so many projects and meetings so you had to manage your time very carefully. For one of the assessments, we were put into groups and asked to deliver a client pitch to two partners. This project allowed us to understand how the Firm pitched for work and Weil’s unique selling points. In the process, we were also able to get to know our colleagues on the scheme. Weil’s culture is incredibly open and friendly. The London office has fewer people than some other very large London firms, and I think this helps make the training more personal. People remember who you are and are happy to interact with you. Ahead of submitting a vacation scheme application, I was able to engage with the Firm in person and I found that the people were warm and friendly. I felt welcomed into an open and diverse environment, which only further encouraged me to apply to Weil.

The vacation scheme included opportunities to speak to staff from across Weil. I learnt about their different paths into the Firm and what their job roles involved. We were placed in a practice area for two weeks and had a supervisor and a trainee buddy we could reach out to. I felt very comfortable sending them questions about the projects that I was working on. We were paid £500 per week, and the Graduate Recruitment team was always there to offer any further support.

Since accepting my training contract offer there have been socials for future trainees that foster a sense of community before you join the Firm. There is also a representative at the University of Law who looks after Weil’s future trainees.

My top tips for applicants:

  • When applying to any Firm, you must demonstrate your attention to detail and do sufficient research. Making an effort to meet the Firm will always make this easier, as it gives you a picture of what the Firm is like and personalises the application process. I would recommend you attend the recruitment events Weil hosts both online and in-person. 
  • When researching Weil, you should focus on improving your understanding of the Firm's core practice areas to better your application and help you in interviews. I took time to research private equity as I knew this was the core practice area of Weil's London office. 
  • Finally, I would suggest that you try to relax and be yourself – that way, you will intuitively know if Weil is right for you, and the Firm will also see if you are a good fit for them.

Want to develop your legal knowledge?

Enrol in our virtual experience programme, and gain hands-on experience of the type of tasks a trainee would get involved in while working in our Private Equity, Banking & Finance and Restructuring teams.

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