Intern at DLA Piper

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really loved my time spent at DLA Piper! Three weeks provided the perfect amount of time to settle in and experience day-to-day life at the firm. The vacation scheme was interesting and varied and I felt that I was able to get a lot out of this experience. Overall, a very enjoyable experience!


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

I was made to feel like a welcomed and valued member of the team throughout my time at DLA Piper! I had the opportunity to work on interesting projects and interact with clients, proving that the team believed in my abilities. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to attend employee training sessions and to attend court, which made me feel valued and trusted.


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

There was plenty of support and guidance on this vacation scheme at DLA Piper, and I found my line manager to be particularly supportive! The HR Team also acted as a great support system and I was assigned a graduate buddy on my first day. I was able to turn to this individual with any adhoc questions that I had.


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

The skills and knowledge that I developed will certainly assist me in the future! I developed a range of transferable skills which will benefit me in both my future career and my final year at university, where I am studying law. Moreover, this experience has made me more confident in my abilities and this will benefit me in any future interviews.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The vacation scheme at DLA Piper was well structured and I was provided with all the necessary information before joining the firm, which helped me to adequately prepare. The scheme consisted of a good balance of desk work, networking events and training sessions. This ensured that I was able to get the most out the experience.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

There was a great general atmosphere throughout the vacation scheme! The HR team were great, always approachable and friendly, which put me at ease! Furthermore, I found my team to be really friendly and they always invited me to team socials and events! Overall, I found the atmosphere at DLA Piper to be open and friendly.


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

DLA Piper invested heavily into this vacation scheme, as shown by the amount of effort they put into making us feel well-valued. We had endless amounts of training and this vacations scheme really focused on our personal development. It was clear to see just how much time, effort and money had been invested into this scheme, in order to make it the best possible experience.


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?

This vacation scheme very much helped me to understand what it would be like to have a full-time role at DLA Piper. I was able to undertake tasks similar to that of which a graduate trainee would be doing and spending 3 weeks on the desk provided me with a rounded experience of what day-to-day life at DLA Piper is like.


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

Having the opportunity to spend 3 weeks at the firm allowed me to really understand more about the culture at DLA Piper. We were given a number of presentations about the culture and values at the firm, and I was able to witness this culture first-hand during my time spent with my team.


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

The content of the vacation scheme was very valuable in helping me to determine my future career path. There was a good variety of activities on the scheme and I was able to develop a good understand of what day-to-day life as a solicitor is really like. My experience at DLA Piper has confirmed that I want to pursue a career in this sector.


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

I was paid during my time spent at DLA Piper and many of my expenses were reimbursed.

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

There were plenty of opportunities for networking with employees from the firm. The first 4 days of the internship in London were dedicated to networking and I had the opportunity to meet a diverse range of employees at DLA Piper. Furthermore, the interns were sociable and we organised drinks and dinner in the evenings.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

I very much enjoyed the networking and social event opportunities at DLA Piper.


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

Yes, there are plenty of different opportunities for employees to get involved in.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, I would recommend this insight to a friend! I found it to be both enjoyable and challenging, and I was able to get a lot out of this experience!