ShoosmithsLIVE: Why attend an insight evening?

In our latest Facebook live video, graduate recruitment manager, Samantha Hope talks about insight evenings at Shoosmiths, what you can expect at the event, and how it will give your law career a boost.

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 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 6.00pm - 8.30pm. 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).


  • 6.00pm Welcome to Shoosmiths
  • 6.05pm How to apply to Shoosmiths
  • 6.20pm Being a solicitor
  • 6.35pm My journey
  • 6.50pm Developing your skills
  • 7:15pm Life at Shoosmiths - A Q&A session with current trainees and NQ Solicitors
  • 7.45pm Networking & drinks with partners, solicitors, and trainees
  • 8.30pm Close

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 are 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.

Date  Location 
 Tuesday 15 January 2019  Milton Keynes
 Thursday 17 January 2019  Birmingham
 Wednesday 23 January 2019  Thames Valley
 Thursday 24 January 2019  Southampton
 Tuesday 29 January 2019  Manchester
 Wednesday 30 January 2019  Leeds
 Thursday 7 February 2019  Edinburgh
 Tuesday 12 February 2019  Nottingham

The deadline to apply is Friday 30 November 2018. You can always make a start on it, save it, and come back later to finish it.

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.

If you find the video enjoyable you can catch up with any of our previous careers advice videos by searching for #ShoosmithsLIVE on facebook, YouTube, or Google.

If you enjoy the Facebook Live video be sure to hit the follow button on this video to receive notifications for when we go live again next week on Thursday 15 November 2018, where I will be joined by Chrissie Woolfe, the creator of Law and Broader vlog and YouTube channel.


This information is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given. Please contact us for specific advice on your circumstances. © Shoosmiths LLP 2024.



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