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-Gained the opportunity to listen to trainees -Gained an insight into the Pro Bono work -Given an opportunity to experience the role of a lawyer through Forage -Learnt more about the commercial legal career and the purpose of law firms -Given an insight into the different employee networks -Given an overview of the SQE -Given advice and tips from trainees and graduate recruitment team
There was a unique daily schedule, filled with presentations from Partners, Associates and Trainees with the opportunity to ask questions. The answers are personal, detailed and highly informative. These sessions showed a range of different perspectives of the firms employees which provided a rounded insight into the firm's culture, what makes them unique and the type of work the firm engages in.
Thorough programme with information about law, commercial law, the company, and what the next steps are for anyone interested in pursuing a legal career. There were talks and panels delivered by trainees, associates, partners, managers, recruitment etc., and an M&A simulation.
there were welcome sessions a the beginning of each day, and trainee spotlight sessions, which involved a trainee talking for 15 minutes about their experience at DLA piper. There were breaks and lunch breaks in between sessions, as well as a variety of sessions ranging from SQE preparation to the introduction of Pro Bono in the firm.
Each day we heard from a variety of speakers about their role within their firm and advice for students at out stage of the application process. We also had opportunities to ask questions. Furthermore, there were interactive workshops explaining more about the route to qualifying as a solicitor and what to expect if we move forward with the application process
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience. There was a range of activity over the course of the week that I could engage with and use to develop my skills. I was able to interact with various members of the firm and understand more about their roles and passion for the company. Despite the week being online I had a well-rounded and engaging experience that was exceptionally well run and very enjoyable as reflected in my 9-star rating.
The virtual experience surpassed my expectations. Despite being apprehensive about the virtual format, I was instantly put at ease by the friendliness of the graduate recruitment team, who had worked so hard to make the virtual experience as seamless and helpful as possible. The opportunity to hear from different speakers across the firm on topics ranging from diversity to pro bono provided me with an in depth insight into DLA Piper. The opportunity to work with other interns in the Leeds office on a group task was also an amazing opportunity to get to know other interns really well, despite it being online.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience. I was unsure how the week would work given we were supposed to spend 3 weeks in DLA offices however I was very impressed with what the graduate team put together for us. Even though I was sat in my kitchen I genuinely felt like I was able to get a real feel of the kind of environment DLA Piper have created at their offices not only in Leeds but all over the globe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience. The highlights for me included meeting the managing partner and trainee partner at the regional office ( as well as all the trainees) and getting involved with the group project work. It was also interesting to hear about the new Dublin office as this was a new part of the International Graduate Programme. Although the experience was generally very good, I may have enjoyed it more had there been social events e.g. virtual escape room.
This was a week of webinars with a presentation at the end (due to COVID). I really enjoyed the first week, and felt that a lot of time and effort was put into ensuring that each one of us got the most out of the scheme. It was a real shame that there was less of an opportunity for one on one time, or proper work experience, as this would have been much more beneficial for my career.
It was a highly informative week long internship. The talks were very engaging and there were opportunities to ask partners of the firm, even holding the highest of management positions, any questions I had. Granted, due to the restrictions posed by holding the internship virtually, this opportunity was harder to come by but the speakers were more than happy for us to email any questions that did not get chosen during the session. The various tasks assigned to me were also highly enjoyable and intellectually simulating. They challenged my commercial awareness and developed my ability to think on my feet. Additionally, everyone at the firm was so friendly which created a very fun atmosphere during the course of the entire internship.