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The days started off with a welcome from the head of Graduate Recruitment who went out of her way to make us all feel welcome despite it being virtual. Each day there was a trainee spotlight session where a trainee would talk about their journey into commercial law and provide us with tips going forward. There would then be around 2 or 3 main sessions per day covering different topics such as pro bono.
The day really gave us an insight into life as lawyer within the big city, numerous people within the company took their time to explain and educate many of us of the different tasks expected of a lawyer which was truly interesting. Each and every person was very patient and allowed us to ask an array of questions, to further our knowledge which was incredibly useful.
Attended various workshops hosted by the DLA Piper Team on how to make a successful application with the firm, how to develop your commercial awareness and how to navigate the virtual world. There was also trainee spotlight sessions which gave participants an insight into the role of a trainee and opportunities they have received from working at the firm. In addition there were many inspirational talks lawyers in the firms employee network sharing their insight on how the firm has accommodated their needs and what makes DLA Piper an inclusive place to work at which was lovely to see.
We took part in several sessions spread out over 3 days. These included application skills sessions, insights into different departments across the firm, spotlights sessions with current trainees, and Q&A sessions with graduate recruitment and various solicitors. There were plenty regular breaks during the programme, and the length of sessions varied to break things up. We were also given a separate commercial task to do on our own time which involved conducting due diligence and drafting documents, with a review session of our answers to be held later in the month.
I was given an insight into the general characteristics of law firms and into DLA Piper's specific practice groups. Each day contained around three main sessions covering career motivation, pro bono, diversity and inclusion, application skills, and business strategy and strengths. Also included one trainee spotlight session per day enabling one trainee to discuss their backstory and current work in detail.
Talks from those employed and those who are now employed through access-schemes were very insightful with a true taste of what it is actually like to work for such a massive Firm. Insight into the types of companies you are working with and how you go about offering legal advice to these companies and importance of employment and contract Law.
Attended a variety of skills workshops to expand the participant’s commercial awareness and improve our application chances. One session was called “Demystifying Law”, which was very helpful in explaining the firm’s global outlook. Participants were sent an information pack, notebook, pen and £20 JustEat voucher (food for each day).
The insight was a 3 day event held virtually. There were a number of speakers ranging from a managing director to trainees. We were given the opportunity to complete practical task modules in due diligence, commercial awareness research, drafting and advising a client.
Over the course of three days, we attended various talks on the legal industry and the firm specifically. These included trainee insights, an overview of the firm's employee networks, a session on DLA Piper's pro bono practice and more. We were also given a series of tasks to complete in our own time which simulated the work done by trainees at the firm.
The day was often quite broken up so there were plenty of breaks, which was great because I was always refreshed for each session. Sessions would range from having a senior management partner talk to us, a trainee describe their journey and typical day to us, and sessions by graduate recruitment.
The Insight Programme aimed to give participants the opportunity to get to know DLA Piper and understand more about how a global commercial law firm works. There were a variety of sessions throughout the programme including a trainee Q and A panel, senior management presentations, application workshops and sessions on Employee Networks, Pro Bono, and the structure of a commercial law firm. There was also the chance to complete a deal simulation.
Various workshops advising on application processes and improving commercial awareness. Various insights into the varying routes into law, with the opportunity to ask questions to senior and junior members of the firm. Top tips from an establishes legal firm on moving forward and tackling hurdles such as imposter syndrome.
Every day there was an opportunity to: - Learn about Commercial Law - Speak to partners at DLA Piper - Speak to Trainee Solicitors at DLA Piper - Learn about how to improve Applications - Have Q&A Sessions - Engage in a Commercial task that involve due diligence, drafting contracts and correspondence, and also a commercial awareness task.
We took part in a number of sessions including a pro bono session, trainee spotlights, a trainee panel, a SQE session and an application and interview advice session. We also completed some work on forage which involved drafting a contract, due diligence, writing an email of advice and a commercial awareness task.