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The Vacation Scheme was well structured, and involved a week in London for all the students from all the Offices in the UK to meet. This gave us all a bedrock of confidence moving forwards, and we were more relaxed and able to enjoy our time more as a result.
I really enjoyed the vacation scheme. The whole thing was run so efficiently (even with the cyber attack!) and everyone at the firm was welcoming and full of ethusiasm. The week in London was fantastic, it was great to speak with partners and sit with them at the meal in a more relaxed setting. I found the pitch project quite stressful initially as it seemed like a lot of work but once me and my partner had worked out how we wanted to conduct the presentation this was also enjoyable.
I enjoyed the Vac Scheme as it opened me up to understanding the life of a lawyer and what the job entails on a daily basis. We had many activities, the catering was great and everyone from the grad team to the partners were really welcoming and friendly. Highly recommend that you apply.
The vacation scheme was a very useful way to get an insight into what life would be like working for a global commercial law firm. The structure of the scheme meant that we spent the first 4 days in the London office, which allowed us to meet people from all the other regional offices and London office. We then spent the remaining two weeks in our chosen office, spending time in two departments. The first week was more introductory, and allowed us to settle in and get a good feel of the firm.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the vacation scheme, with the most enjoyable part of it being the people. From the moment the scheme started we were welcomed into the firm, not only by the graduate recruitment team but by partners and associates across all levels who gave us talks, worked with us in departments or even just came to find us and introduce themselves. The scheme was well organised and the induction week was really helpful to ease us into the scheme and help us get to know everyone.
The vacation scheme was a really good way to get to know the firm. I enjoyed the open day but when I began the vacation scheme I was still a bit sceptic as to the culture of the firm but this was quickly amended. All the staff, whether they are partners, associate, catering and recruitment are really friendly and approachable. I was able to gain an insight into areas of law I had not considered before and was able to work on client matters.
The vacation scheme was better than I even had imagined. I was immersed into life at DLA Piper from day one, getting to know the exact ethos, culture, and motivations of the business and I was thrilled to discover that they matched my own entirely. I came away from the scheme only wishing it was longer, demonstrating the extent of my enjoyment.
The placement was very enjoyable, beginning with the week in London. This gave us a chance to get to grips with networking with 70+ people, who were all having the same experience, before dispursing to our various offices and doing the same with employees of various seniority. The work was challenging and enjoyable, and the very friendly culture of the firm was evident from the outset.
I really enjoyed my time at DLA Piper. The scheme was well organised and the events which we attended added something different to the scheme, such as going for dinner and visiting the Lord Mayor of Sheffield. I was given actual work to do which enabled me to gain an accurate insight into the sort of work I would be doing as a trainee. I also enjoyed meeting all of the other students in London and have made some real friendships with the other students in my regional office.
Spending three weeks at DLA Piper really allowed me to get to know the firm in depth. I got a very good perspective on how the firm works and most importantly, on what differentiates the firm from its competitors. The programme was well-organised and despite the IT attack the firm suffered during the time I was there, DLA Piper still came out as a very ambitious firm that will grow in the years to come.
I really enjoyed participating in the scheme. I felt that everyone got on really well and people were willing to help you out if you needed anything. Also, we developed a good relationship with graduate recruitment and I also felt that I was able to go to them with any issues I had. The lawyers I worked with were always willing to talk to me about the firm and the work they were doing and I didn't feel hesitant in asking any questions. The work I was given was challenging and pushed me out of my comfort zone which was a good experience.
The vacation scheme was an extremely beneficial experience because I had the opportunity to hear many interesting people (including the co-CEO!) speak about various topics, and also participate in authentic trainee tasks to get a realistic insight into what life at a city law firm is like, while meeting a lot of great people.
I really enjoyed the insight (vacation scheme) as a whole. The structure of the scheme was beneficial in understanding the culture of the firm. The first week of the scheme was filled with various presentations and insight sessions, the second and third week were spent in two separate departments. Through out the scheme various events and socials were also organised assisting in the understanding of the culture of the firm.