Rating

5/5
  • About You
    5.0
  • The Company
    4.9
  • Everything Else
    5.0

Role Description

3 week summer internship with DLA Piper LLP

    About You

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • Cannot thank the team at DLA enough for this opportunity. I've been involved in some truly fantastic, international work, which is extremely rare in Scotland, and it has helped me to decide on what I want to do with my career. Mostly I just can't wait to come back.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  • During the networking and application process with the firm every effort was made to make you feel respected. Decisions are communicated promptly. While on placement senior leaders would mingle with us, partners would make us tea, and there was not one person that was unapproachable.

    5/5

  • 3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  • Some 2 months prior to commencing the internship I was given a buddy, a trainee in my office. I was able to communicate with them over all the little fears that build up before you kick off. Grad Rec and line managers were also amazing, really make you feel safe!

    5/5

  • 4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I had no idea what a projects department would do before the internship. Now I'd quite like to take a seat in one. I've analysed contracts, presented a pitch to partners, and completed work genuinely beneficial to the firm. I am far more secure in my ability.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 5. How well structured was the insight?
  • Fantastic structure, with a UK wide induction in London and then 2 seats lasting 1 week afterward, for a total of 3 weeks. Grad rec constantly kept in touch with updates and events, and we were always kept busy.

    5/5

  • 6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  • Absolutely amazing. I feel at home with DLA, everyone here from Global Co-CEO to trainee and all support staff are critical, respectful, and just really friendly. It feels like a massive team effort at every level, and it was wonderful to be a part of.

    5/5

  • 7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The put all non London students up in London for the first week. We were spoken to about commercial issues and legal issues by senior leaders, given sessions on personal branding and public speaking, and prepared for what was ahead of us.

    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?
  • Because the office was busy I felt as through the work I was completing was genuinely of use to the firm and was rewarded accordingly. There is a real team atmosphere, everyone is very friendly, so despite the long hours I enjoyed it!

    5/5

  • 9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  • The culture at DLA is a real melting pot of different backgrounds and opinions, but that makes it a pretty special place to work. Everyone makes an effort to get to know everyone else, and the firm put on regular socials to assist this.

    5/5

  • 10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  • Being at DLA has helped confirm for me my desire to be an international business lawyer. The challenge and variety of the work even at this level is outstanding, those around you provide ample help, and explain to you just how far reaching your work will be.

    5/5

    Everything Else

  • 11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  • I was given travel expenses to and from my interview, travel expenses to and from London for week one, accommodation and food expenses while in London during week 1, a daily lunch allowance of £5 while in Edinburgh, and a generous weekly salary on top of that.


  • 12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  • We spent the first week with our UK wide peer group, the firm's current London trainees, the firm's senior UK and international leadership, and the amazing grad rec team. Every effort was made to make us feel included and everyone is approachable. Some strong bonds have been formed in the course of my time at DLA, no doubt vital bonds to my future.

    5/5

  • 13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  • Aside from the first week, we were taken to dinner in London, dinner in Edinburgh, sent for drinks in Edinburgh with the trainees, and invited to the office mid month drinks. This was in addition to being invited to play touch rugby with the trainees, and regularly sitting with them during lunches.

    5/5

  • 14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  • We were given a comprehensive introduction to the various groups at the firm, from LAW and IRIS to their football and rugby teams. There's a friendly atmosphere at the firm fostered by out of office activities.

    5/5

  • 15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  • I could not recommend the experience anymore, or at least not in any eloquent way. My advice is limited to just applying, it's not something you'll regret.

    5/5

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Details

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Legal/Law

13th July 2018


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