Testimonials - Students and Facilitators / Volunteers

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Student Feedback:

“The BSN Grassroots Programme played a pivotal role in my journey towards securing a training contract at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer this summer. The carefully curated workshops, spanning application writing, psychometric tests, interviewing skills, and commercial awareness, provided practical insights crucial for navigating the recruitment process.

The Skills Workshops, led by industry experts, were particularly beneficial. I honed essential legal skills in negotiation, drafting, and advocacy, gaining hands-on experience that set me apart in the competitive legal landscape. The legal drafting and advocacy workshops allowed me to develop key skills necessary in interviews and assessment centres, as well as ask key questions about the profession.

The programme also allowed me to access resources that wouldn’t have been previously available to me. I was able to access subscriptions to websites which helped me improve my psychometric tests. I also received numerous commercial awareness books which allowed me to develop a further knowledge of key business and commercial terms, which were helpful when completing interviews and case study interviews.

I am very grateful for the connections and knowledge gained through the BSN Grassroots Programme and corporate members. It’s been a transformative experience, arming me with the expertise and confidence needed for success in the legal profession.”

BSN Grassroots Programme 2022-23 Student

– April 2023

I found the feedback from the interviewers invaluable during the mock interviews. The commercial awareness task and the breakdown of how an M&A deal were very clear and easy to follow, the interactive nature of the workshops are also really beneficial”

BSN Grassroots Programme 2021-2022 Student

– January 2022

“The Programme has honestly helped me to prepare for things such as interviews and applications processes. Sponsors from law firms gave me advice on my cover letter which I found really helpful.”

BSN Grassroots Programme 2021-2022 Student

– December 2021

“The experience so far with the Grassroots Programme has given me more confidence to apply to firms for vacation schemes, particularly with the help provided in the first workshop. I also feel I am able to reach out for help and advice, which has been hugely beneficial. Additionally, it is great to be a part of a cohort, with other like-minded students who have had similar experiences.”

BSN Grassroots Programme 2021-2022 Student

– December 2021

“The Grassroots Programme has been a valuable experience for me as I have gained experience about the Watson Glaser test and all the different styles of questions. This has helped me think critically. I also had a lot of feedback given to me regarding my CV and how to tailor my experiences to legal skills and scenarios I’ll need to experience in the future. I am glad I was chosen as I have much to learn in order to grow and develop into who I want to be and this opportunity does this for me.”

BSN Grassroots Programme 2021-2022 Student

– December 2021

Facilitator / Volunteer Feedback:

“Thanks again to BSN for putting together this session and the relevant materials. The opportunity to discuss typical tasks done as part of work with keen and interested students, was enjoyable.”

Shanuk Mediwaka, Trainee Solicitor at Slaughter & May

Volunteer & Facilitator for Legal Drafting Workshop 2021-22 

– March 2022

“Thank you for a really rewarding experience. The students were so impressive and you [BSN] made it so easy for me in terms of preparation.”

Rachael Heenan, Senior Partner at Capsticks
Volunteer for the Negotiation Workshop 2021-2022
– November 2021