Future Trainee Solicitor at DLA Piper

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Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London
Review Date
DLA Piper is a Top Employer

4.4/5

About You
4.5
The Company
4.5
Everything Else
4.3

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I had a really good time. I met a bunch of really nice people and enjoyed learning about the firm and about different areas of the law.
5 /5

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

Everyone was very generous with their time and always happy to chat or answer questions.
5 /5

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

I found everyone to be very helpful and supportive whenever I had questions. There were one or two tasks where I felt that the person setting me the work lost sight of the fact that I am not a trainee yet and so am not up to speed on all the acronyms and jargon, but mostly the guidance and support I received was very generous.
4 /5

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

Getting the opportunity to work in a team on two different projects was particularly helpful. It certainly developed my teamwork and organisational skills, as well as boosting my confidence.
5 /5

The Company

5. How well structured was the insight?

Having the induction week and then the two weeks in the departments was a good idea. Starting the days off with a talk also worked really well.
5 /5

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

I found the atmosphere to be really positive. The Graduate Recruitment team clearly put a lot into planning the scheme in a way that we could spend lots of time in our departments and learning about the firm, while still being able to meet up with each other frequently and have a fun time.
5 /5

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

Most other vacation schemes I have seen are two weeks long, rather than three, so DLA invested more time in us for a start. The professional skills sessions were another way in which they put effort into investing in us, as were the talks we had from the group heads and the CEO.
5 /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?

The cyber attack obviously made it difficult to get a sense of quite what a full time role would be like, but spending two weeks in different departments, the talks from the group heads and our opportunities to chat to trainees were really helpful.
4 /5

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

It was great to be able to spend a week in two different departments as you got a feel for the culture of the firm as well as how the different departments have their own culture.
5 /5

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

4 /5

Everything Else

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

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

Yes, there were plenty of opportunities to meet up with partners (at the dinner and in our departments) and with trainees (as our buddies and at trainee drinks etc).
5 /5

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The drinks on the roof on the first day were great, as was the dinner with the partners on the second day. It might have been even better if there had been more social events in the evenings of the first week to get to know each other (i.e. our fellow vacation schemers) more quickly.
4 /5

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

I found out a bit from talking to trainees, but naturally conversation focused more on the job itself.
4 /5

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely. I felt like I learned a huge amount and was valued by everyone in the firm whether they were a trainee, a partner or the CEO. The graduate recruitment team looked after us very well and I had a really good time on the scheme.
5 /5