I have really enjoyed my time spent at DLA Piper, a firm with a true open-door policy. People across the firm are genuinely invested in success of the internship programme, they have all been very welcoming, fun and friendly to work with. I got stuck into challenging work during my two seats and received valuable feedback on my progress throughout.
I met and worked with various members of the DLA team during my internship, and I must say, they took a real interest in my development, which made me feel really valued, the firm has a real collegiate atmosphere!
At the beginning of each seat, we would set objectives and tasks with our supervisors, who we often shared offices with. As such, it was very easy to ask for support and guidance, but even when my supervisor was away, the wider team were always happy to help.
I will zoom in on two skills out of many others that I have improved on during my time at DLA Piper, namely communication and teamwork. For one of the exercises, we had to work in teams to prepare, practice and deliver a pitch presentation to senior members of the firm, which in short sharpened my ability to communicate effectively and work efficiently in a group.
I must say, the graduate recruitment team at DLA Piper are brilliant, they have really put in great effort to create a tailored and bespoke internship programme. Each day was jam packed with fun activities, designed to build our skill sets, network and get to know the firm more intimately. Overall, the internship is very well structured.
The atmosphere was fun, collaborative and supportive. I think the DLA team on a whole really enjoyed having us at the firm, just as much as we enjoyed spending time in their departments, a real two-way and warm atmosphere!
They invested a lot in my development goals. For example, I wanted to get learn about a seat separate from my two options, and I was put in contact with people that spend time teaching me about the seat and were happy to take questions.
To a great extent, I was often liaising with trainees daily, and I was able to observe the food quality of work and responsibility attributed to them. I can definitely see that working for DLA Piper will be challenging, fun and also rewarding.
Very much so, I have seen first hard the hardworking, fun, innovative and supporting culture that underpins the firm.
Very valuable, it was important for me to see what life would be like as a trainee at the firm and I feel like I've got a good glimpse now. Especially from regularly speaking to and working alongside the current trainees at the firm.
The pay was sufficient to cover my day to day requirements.
Every day, we always had an insight session and networking events arranged for us ranging from activities within the firm and outside of the firm.
They were great. For example, we had a few partner dinners, which enabled us to ask them questions in smaller groups.
Yes, the firm runs a host of activities in the pro bono space, and on diversity and inclusion, as well as many more, which everyone is encouraged to engage in. In addition, people are always free to take initiative and set up their own clubs or sporting activities and will receive funding.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
13th July 2018