First Year Insight Scheme at DLA Piper

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Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
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Salary
Unpaid
Roles
Banking and Finance Law Commercial Law Corporate Law Employment Law Environmental Law Human Rights Law Intellectual Property Law Legal/Law Personal Rights Law Private Client Law Property Law Tax Law

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7.1/10

About You
7.5
The Organisation
6.7
Everything Else

7.5

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed the First Year Insight Programme very much indeed. The three-day programme was packed with informative yet fun talks, workshops, presentations and networking events. I gained valuable insight into the firm's culture, office environment, as well as the general work of an international commercial lawyer working at DLA Piper.

10/10

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

I definitely felt valued during my time at DLA Piper. The HR staff were very friendly, knew every single participant personally and chatted with individuals regularly to ensure everyone is enjoying their time. Not only trainees, but also senior associates and partners were actively involved in / hosted many of the workshops and presentations.

5/10

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

5/10

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

I was able to develop a wide array of skills through the First Year Scheme, which will be useful to both my degree studies and future job applications. The skills i learn ranged from public-speaking and presentation skills, commercial and financial awareness, application skills as well as social networking skills.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The First Year Insight Scheme was very well-balanced. Each participant was given a time table at the start of the programme, which was strictly adhered to. There was also a good balance of activities, covering various practice areas and sector focuses of the firm, as well as application tips and social networking opportunities.

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

5/10

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

5/10

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 Insight Program helped me to understand what it would be like to have a full time role within the company, as I talked to members of all ranks and all practice areas. I fully experienced the culture of the firm, as well as the various opportunities for career progression available at the firm.

5/10

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

5/10

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

The three-day program was extremely useful in helping me decide on my future career path. Not only did I learn more about entering DLA Piper specifically, I was also able to contemplate whether being a commercial lawyers is right for me. I heard from practicing lawyers, and received many opportunities to conduct hands-on work on corporate as well as pro bono case-studies.

10/10

Other Information

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

Every participant was reimbursed for their travelling expenses incurred whilst attending the First Year Insight Scheme. Participants who did not have accommodation arrangements during their time in London was also offered accommodation at a hotel near the office. The hotel was of decent quality and allowed participants who stayed together to get to know each other more.

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

5/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There were plenty of networking and social event opportunities. Within the scheme's participants, we could network and bond through ice-breaking activities, as well as breakfast and during breaks everyday. In terms of networking with the firm's representatives, there were both lunches and dinners arranged with trainees to listen to their experiences in the firm.

10/10

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

5/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would definitely recommend this insight program to a friend. The application process of this scheme was smooth and simple, so it is definitely worth applying to this scheme. The scheme is also longer than most other Insight Schemes at other law firms, which allows participants to learn so much more.

10/10

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