Student at DLA Piper

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Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London
Review Date
Roles
Commercial Law
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4/5

About You
4.1
The Company
4
Everything Else
4

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Yes, it was great.
4 /5

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

The firm really put a lot of time into making the scheme as best as it could be. The graduate recruitment, trainees and partners all really put a huge amount of effort into every aspect ofthe programme. Many busy people with demanding jobs took their time for us, which was amazing.
5 /5

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

Graduate recruitment were there for our every need and they guided us throughout the whole programme. They were all approachable and friendly making it very easy to ask for advice or help with anything that we needed. They also supported us with explaining the next steps in the application process and what would help us really stand out.
5 /5

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

We were definitely given some critical information especially surrounding applications, cvs and general advice for going into the law. However as a second year student who had done quite a few of these insight schemes previously I did feel at times that I knew some of the skills that were taught to us. However, that was only in regard to some aspects and overall he information provided and skills learnt were critical.
3 /5

The Company

5. How well structured was the insight?

Extremely well structured. From the moment we entered the firm to the last session on the third day. Everything was structured and we all knew where we had to be. Any dla employee knew exactly what they had to do and their contribution to the scheme. This made me feel very welcome.
5 /5

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Overall it was great. Everyone was extremely friendly and the atmosphere was excitable. I would however warn future students that the scheme takes 85 students which is very big for an insight scheme. While on he one hand that's great because you can meet many people, on the other hand it can be quite overwhelming at times.
4 /5

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

3 /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?

Yes all the trainees and partners that spoke to us were very open about their life and work at the firm. I felt as if there was a very honest approach to answering questions which was amazing, especially in gaining a true insight. Also we had various presentations such as on the firm's DnI policy -these were very helpful in understanding what dla is all about.
3 /5

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

We gained loads of knowledge on the culture. Generally speaking to people helped a lot. But talks given by senior partners and by pro bono lawyers truly helped enhanced the understanding of how dla approaches culture. It was a great first hand experience and it really made me want to apply to the firm.
5 /5

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

Very helpful. It explained the future steps and how we should go about the application process. Also trainees and grad recruitment explains the secondment opportunities and other possibilities available to employees, such as a seat in pro bono. Dla really highlighted the firm's future ideas and how we should be thinking if we want to apply here.
5 /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?

We had a trainee networking lunch and activity.
4 /5

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There was less networking than in other firms. But plenty of time to network between one another which is invaluable because you don't know who you could meet, possibly someone in your future trainees cohort. There were talks from some of the most senior members of the firm which I thought was even better than networking.
3 /5

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

There were various activities to get involved in and employees also got involved and even judged the activities which was great to hear their insights and perspectives of what they thought about our work, especially from such an inexperienced position. Overall this aspect was a great part to the scheme.
5 /5

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely.
5 /5