Vacation Scheme Student at DLA Piper

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Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Leeds
Review Date
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4.4/5

About You
4.6
The Company
4.2
Everything Else
4.5

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Overall, the vacation scheme was really enjoyable, and more friendly and relaxed than I had anticipated. Everyone I met from the firm was extremely welcoming and really wanted to see us all do well.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

During the induction week we had talks from various senior members of the firm, including the global co-chair, so it was really nice to see that they were invested in us enough to take time out of their schedules. Equally, various practice group heads took the time to deliver talks to us every morning during the two weeks we had in our work experience placements. In the departments, I generally felt very welcomed and valued by the teams, who took the time to ensure that I had the best experience possible.
4 /5

3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

There was excellent support provided throughout the scheme. As well as the graduate recruitment team, we could turn to our trainee buddies (or any other trainees) for help, as well as our supervisors and members of our department. Everyone was very friendly and keen to offer their support.
5 /5

4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The vacation scheme offered an unparalleled insight in to working life at a large global law firm. This will be extremely valuable to me as I pursue my career as a lawyer in this field, and was also very helpful in developing my understanding of the practice areas I might be interested in selecting as a trainee.
5 /5

The Company

5. How well structured was the insight?

The scheme was very well structured, and comprised of a week long induction week at the London office, followed by two weeks work experience in two departments in the office to which we had applied. The induction week was a good way to meet vac schemers and trainees from across the UK offices, and the week long stints in each department were sufficient time to get a real insight in to the work of the respective teams. Social activities were built in to the first week, but we didn't have many formally arranged activities during the second and third week.
5 /5

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere was very welcoming and friendly, and I got the impression that the firm was generally willing you to do well.
5 /5

7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

During our induction week we had several "professional skills training" sessions, which focused on things like presentation skills. These were quite basic but were helpful in preparing us for the assessed presentation we had in the second and third weeks. We also had a number of educational and interactive sessions with different teams from the firm, such as a Responsible Insight day and Diversity and Inclusion talks.
3 /5

8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

Spending time in two departments was a great way to get a better understanding of what day to day life is like at the firm, and the nature of the work undertaken in different practice areas. We generally worked conventional hours (9-5/6).
5 /5

9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Great opportunity to get a better understanding of the culture as we met a large number of people from the firm across various offices.
5 /5

10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The scheme definitely helped me to confirm that I want to pursue a career in law.
5 /5

Everything Else

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was paid £275 a week (regional rate)

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were many opportunities to meet people from across the firm - there were a number of drinks events, dinners, and receptions.
5 /5

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

During the induction week there was a networking dinner and a drinks reception. During the second and third weeks the trainees arranged for us to go for drinks and dinner, and there was also a drinks reception with our supervisors.
4 /5

14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

There were a number of really interesting talks about the pro bono work and campaigning opportunities. Being involved in activities outside of work seems to be strongly encouraged and highly valued at DLA.
5 /5

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would definitely recommend this placement to anyone considering a career in law.
5 /5