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I really enjoyed the Insight programme, especially the negotiation activity and the pro bono activity. We were given lots of opportunities to talk to other trainee lawyers and associates, as well as our fellow peers. The food was also very delicious, especially the evening dinner. All the staff were lovely too.
I really enjoyed the vacation scheme. The partners and trainees were very helpful in supporting me whilst I was at the firm and ensured that I felt welcomed from the day I walked in the door. The first week was all about induction events so we got a deep insight into the firm before walking into work experience placements on weeks 2 and 3. There was also a partner dinner at an Italian restaurant where we got to meet more partners. The trainees also organised drinks for all the vacation schemers. This helped to balance the assessments that went on throughout the week. Though the assessments were pretty nerve-wracking, the firm did its best to minimise the pressure by placing them out throughout the weeks that we were there as opposed to having it all at the end of the vacation scheme.
The 3 week internship at DLA Piper was an amazing experience. We spent one week in the London office alongside the students from all the other UK offices which was great as we got to meet our potential future colleagues and get a real feel for the firm and the type of people it attracts. During this week we took part in different talks, presentations and skills workshops and commenced group projects. The following 2 weeks we spent in our respective offices across the UK. The work was varied and interesting, the employees were approachable and friendly and I got really involved in the cases. Despite being an intense and tiring three weeks, it was certainly enjoyable and rewarding.
The vacation scheme at DLA Piper was excellent. The graduate recruitment team were incredibly organised and made sure that our time on the scheme was filled with insight talks from each practice group, networking events, seminars and work-based activities / projects. The scheme was fully structured and despite the technical difficulties that the firm was experiencing during the scheme following its cyber attack, all scheduled events occurred. I particularly felt like the firm valued the vacation scheme, and as I had taken time off work to attend, it was reassuring to know that there was a genuine interest and investment in my career progression. I would highly recommend a vacation scheme at DLA Piper to any student or graduate wishing to pursue a legal career.
This placement offered me an invaluable opportunity to work alongside professionals that have reputations in their areas of practice that are second to none. In the corporate and restructuring departments where i sat, i was exposed to wide breadth of work each department handles and my opinions on matters that came up was always heard, which made me feel like i was actually making a positive difference. This, for me, is what made the scheme so enjoyable and fulfilling.
I enjoyed the insight very much. The first week of talks and professional skills training with allotted time to undertake group presentation tasks was a nice way to ease us in and for us to familiarise ourselves. Equally, the second and third weeks of the scheme in our practice groups were excellent and I gleaned a lot of knowledge from my time spent in those departments. This learning experience was augmented by meeting great people - both the other vacation scheme students and the DLA Piper staff.
I had a great time on the vacation scheme. I thought it was such a good idea that all the students were in London for the first four days as I really enjoyed meeting other students. Although I was extremely nervous on the first day, because there were so many of us from all different offices I think this gave us all something different to talk about and made the whole experience more fun. The induction week in London was great and all the presentations and tasks gave me a variety of things to do. The two weeks in Sheffield were just as good as there were plenty of things after work which was organised for the students which I enjoyed.
I really enjoyed the insight because there were a range of different activities that we participated in. I also feel that the whole experience truly gave me a valuable insight into various different aspects of the firm. It was also highly useful because I feel as though I now have a better understand of what it may be like to work at DLA Piper longer term.
We got a good understating of the firm through talks from some of the most senior members of the firm. This allowed us to appreciate the scale of the firm and its global footprint. We were then immersed in the day to day running of the firm in the regional offices. This helped to show us what a normal day would be like and what we could expect. We were also invited to numerous social events which allowed us to meet lots of people and get a feel for the culture of the firm.
I really enjoyed the scheme. My line managers were friendly and got me involved in as much as possible and the support available to vacation scheme students was wide-ranging. I was able to make the most of the tasks given to me because I felt comfortable asking for help and discussing tasks with my assigned scheme buddy.