Macfarlanes has announced the launch of its trainee experience app which provides users the opportunity to complete mock trainee tasks and to “gain an insight” into Macfarlanes’ culture.
The programme has been developed in-house by Macfarlanes’ graduate recruitment and lawtech teams. All tasks have reportedly been modelled on real work, created by the firm’s solicitors and trainee solicitors.
Users can experience work from Macfarlanes’ corporate and M&A, finance, litigation and private client teams. There is no application form needed in order to access the tasks.
Also included in the app is information about the firm’s vacation scheme, training programme application process and Macfarlanes’ culture.
Jat Bains, training principal, said: “Given the superb effort across the firm to create bespoke tasks for our virtual vacation schemes, and the concerns that many of us have around the negative impact of lockdowns upon access to the legal profession, I am pleased that we can give anyone who wants it a sense for what the job might entail.
“Firms can open the gates to the ‘playing field’ wide open and allow people from all backgrounds to have the chance to see at least some of what those who gain a place on a vacation scheme can experience. We are hopeful that this approach will better prepare candidates for success when applying for a training contract at the firm of their choice.”
Catherine Morgan-Guest, graduate recruitment and trainee development manager, said: “The experience doesn’t end once someone has completed the activities on the app. Every few months we will be running virtual seminars on the tasks so that participants can ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of the practice areas involved.
“Attendees will also get the opportunity to ask graduate recruitment any questions they have about our application forms and the programmes we offer. We hope that the app and the seminars will let interested applicants gain a real insight into the work that our trainee solicitors do and our unique culture.”