The app, launched Monday 25 October, has been developed entirely in-house by the firm’s graduate recruitment and lawtech teams. All tasks on the app have been modelled on real work and have been created by the Macfarlanes’ solicitors and trainee solicitors. Users of the app can experience work from the firm’s corporate and M&A, finance, litigation and private client teams. Information about Macfarlane’s culture, training programme application process, and vacation scheme can also be found within the app.
Commenting on the launch of the trainee experience app, training principal Jat Bains 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 and how a lawyer has to think.
“It’s fantastic that, through the use of technology, 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.”