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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.
We were seamlessly transferred by graduate recruitment to very insightful sessions. We listened to talks from various employees, ranging from trainees to senior partners to the managing director of the whole UK. We also learned a lot about the different diversity member network the firm has. Overall the experience has given me a great insight into the firm.
We were welcomed by the head of graduate recruitment and development each day. Also, there was a trainee spotlight session everyday which was very helpful and insightful because they were able to share their journey and how they got to the position that they are in now. Over the few days, many tips and advice was shared when going through an application process and job interviews which definitely will be used in the future and was worth noting.
A clearly set out daily agenda compromising of various speakers ranging from new trainees up to Partners and Directors. There were plenty of breaks dispersed throughout the day and start and end times were very generous. There were also sessions ran by the recruitment team providing tips on future applications and insight into the current and future solicitor qualification paths.
Daily activities included: 1 - Trainee spotlight sessions. 2 - Introductions to various areas of life as a solicitor: – a. Pro Bono b. Employee networks c. Debunking legal terms and jargon 3- Overview of the firm's different practice groups: – a. Corporate b. Employment 4- Comprehensive insights into the process of qualifying as a solicitor and beyond. 5- Voluntary virtual work experience on Forage.
The insight was online this year and so we would log on to zoom in the morning and run through a jam packed program of workshops and talks which aimed to strengthen our applications to DLA Piper and to other commercial firms. We frequently had chances to ask questions to panels of trainees as well as senior members of the firm. Graduate recruitment made sure to give us plenty of breaks and ensure the scheme stayed energetic.
We had different panels of speakers every day providing insight into their teams, experiences and journeys. We received a great deal of encouragement and advice. There was a deal task for us to complete. We met many different people and always had an opportunity to ask questions.