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I found this experience to be very enjoyable. The first week was a good introduction to the firm and allowed us to gain an insight into the different experiences and opportunities. I especially enjoyed the next two weeks, working in departments and getting to meet the teams, as I was given interesting work to do. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here.
Valuable insight was given both into the work done and the culture at the firm. The first 4 days of induction does, at times, feel a little excessive but it is a good way of warming up the people for the vac scheme and the work. Its hard to pick between doing a quick on the job induction and allowing more time for work and doing an induction like at DLA Piper.
I had the best time at my DLA Piper Vac scheme. The work was so diverse, I never did the same thing twice. It is three weeks of fast pace learning about the culture of the firm, and what life is like as a practicing commercial lawyer in the worlds biggest global business law firm.
The scheme has exceeded all my expectations with respect to both enjoyment and insight. Each week has been slightly different and I have enjoyed each for slightly different reasons. Week 1: The induction in London was a brilliant opportunity to get to know the firm itself as well as the interns i would be working alongside. The presentations and workshops were all exceptionally interesting and the whole process ran very smoothly. It allowed me to feel more relaxed and prepared when I arrived at the Manchester office. Weeks 2 and 3: Weeks 2 and 3 have been focused on us spending time in specific DLA departments. For me, these have been employment and real estate. The opportunities I have been given to get involved in real work as well as the opportunities to communicate with lawyers on a personal level have made these two weeks extremely enjoyable. I have been getting up in the morning looking forward to arriving at work and I think that says a lot about the quality of the scheme.
The three week summer internship placement was very enjoyable. There was a variety of activities arranged for us by the Grad Recruitment team; the induction week in London consisted of a variety of talks by high level partners including Simon Levine. Then the two weeks in our chosen offices where we spent each week in a different department. The team were lovely and very welcoming and it was exciting to meet such a wide variety from trainee to managing partners.
The insight was a fantastic opportunity to gain an understanding of the firm, its values and the qualities it looks for in its prospective employees. The chance to meet so many exceptional people was testament to the high calibre of individuals that the firm consists of. Overall, it was an experience that I would highly recommend to any aspiring commercial lawyer.
I really had a good time this scheme. The graduate recruitment team were very friendly and approachable, and I enjoyed networking with my fellow attendees (which was very easy to do since there were 84 of us and there were plenty of opportunities to talk to people you'd not met).
It was a really rewarding and enriching experience. Heading in I was not sure what to expect, but everyone there was extremely friendly and welcoming. The insight programme was a really memorable experience as we had the chance to listen, network and meet a variety of individuals across the firm from senior members to trainees.
Out of hundreds of applicants from across the United Kingdom, 84 law and non-law students were chosen to join the 2019 DLA Piper UK Insight Programme this year. It was a pleasure to attend this scheme alongside them, and I loved every single moment. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I am glad I did not miss.
I very much enjoyed the insight scheme. The talks from different people within the company: from a managing director to a diversity and inclusion officer, provided a wide and interesting insight into the values of DLA Piper. The logistics were also well organised, the hotel we stayed at was nice and the food provided was really good. The insight scheme would have been more enjoyable if the group was smaller to allow for richer interactions. Also an opportunity to shadow actual work and also to see more of the building would have been nice.
I enjoyed the presentations however overall I do not think I will apply to DLA Piper. This is because it felt certain political values were not the right ones. It was an usual experience. I would recommend anyone from a religious or LGBTQI background to think about the firm twice.
The 3-day insight programme that I attended at DLA Piper was certainly very enjoyable, not only because of all the friendly representatives I met and the events that we participated in, but also because of all the different students I met from around the country. I would say that this programme organised by DLA has been the best one I've been on so far.
I enjoyed the insight a lot. The company were very generous and we had lots of great speakers from the firm - including managing partners and trainees. In terms of insights into firm culture, I found this a bit harder to glean, but we had 2 panel talks from trainees on the final day which was probably the most useful in getting an insight into the atmosphere.