Insight evening

"At an insight evening you’ll see for yourself just how approachable and engaging our people are"

Amy Ruff

Graduate Recruitment Officer

What is an insight evening?

An insight evening is an opportunity for you to come and see for yourself what Shoosmiths is all about.

We hope to answer all of your questions, including: How are we different from other firms? What opportunities do we offer? What does our training contract consist of? What makes our offices unique?

Attending an insight evening will give you an insight into our practice areas and clients, our training contract, and the skills you need to develop and become a successful solicitor. The event will be packed with opportunities for you to meet our people, build relationships, and include valuable advice for your training contract application.

You will hear from our current trainees who will explain what attracted them to Shoosmiths. You will also meet solicitors and partners and hear their journey from trainee to solicitor and why they chose to qualify into a certain area of law. We know you will have lots of questions, so there will be an opportunity for you to speak to everyone during the networking hour.

Why should I attend an insight evening?

You will have the opportunity to hear first-hand what current trainees and solicitors think about the firm. It's be a fantastic opportunity to network over drinks; get to know our people and ask our trainees about their training contract and their advice on how to apply. Most importantly, you will be able to introduce yourself to us and make a great first impression before you submit your application!

Our graduate recruitment team will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the application form or the recruitment process.

What else do I need to know?

All of our insight evenings run between 6pm - 8.00pm. We run our events in the evening, so you can fit the event around other commitments you have, such as work and study. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the insight evening is due to start (but no earlier).

At Shoosmiths we don't need alcohol to have fun, so our student recruitment events are alcohol-free. This supports the firm's strategy to improve the health and wellbeing of our employees, and to increase diversity and widen access to a career in law.

Whilst you'll want to make a good impression, you won't be assessed at the event. It's simply a great chance for you to find out more about us, and develop your networking skills.

When are the insight evenings?

Insight evenings will be held in January and February each year. This means you are able to attend an event and hear all of our top tips before submitting your placement and training contract application. We advise you to select an insight evening at the office location where you would like to complete your placement and training contract.

The online application form for insight evenings has now closed; however you can apply for our 2020 insight evenings from September 2019.

Date Location
Thursday 16 January 2020 Birmingham
Wednesday 22 January 2020 Thames Valley
Thursday 23 January 2020 Solent
Tuesday 28 January 2020 Manchester
Wednesday 29 January 2020 Leeds
Thursday 6 February 2020 Edinburgh
Tuesday 11 February 2020 Nottingham
Thursday 13 February 2020 London
Thursday 20 February 2020 Milton Keynes

We will be tweeting before, during and after all of our events with our top tips for securing a training contract, as well as photos from the night. We would love for you to get involved too, just use #InsightEvening @ShoosmithsGrads.

Samantha explains how you can get an invite to an insight evening, what you can expect at the event, and how it will give your law career a boost.