First Year Insight Scheme at DLA Piper

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Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London
Review Date
Roles
Legal/Law
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3.4/5

About You
3.8
The Company
3.4
Everything Else
3

Role Description

3-day insight programme into DLA Piper

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The programme offered such a wide range of information, not only on the DLA Piper itself, but application advice, and interactive activities to help develop our legal skills. I felt very well looked after throughout the whole programme and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere made me feel extremely at ease
4 /5

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

Although the group was made to feel extremely welcome during our time at DLA Piper, as most of the programme was spent listening to talks and receiving advice, there wasn’t much valid contribution to be made to the company during my time spent there as we did not observe or assist actual legal work during the scheme.
3 /5

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

There was an abundance of guidance and support available during the scheme, not only academic (with trainee panels and CV workshops) but also general support during our stay in London due to the hotel accommodation and meals provided. Everything in relation to this was well explained and easy to understand.
5 /5

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

The skills I have obtained on this first year programme will greatly help me in the future, particularly when it comes to applying for the vacation scheme at the firm. Throughout the programme there were many different talks that offered a vast amount of information on the firm and what makes its special.
4 /5

The Company

5. How well structured was the insight?

The programme was extremely well structured, with a well thought-out and full schedule. There could have been slightly more variety as there were multiple talks over the three days that were relatively similar and there were times when the schedule would over run. However every activity through the scheme was insightful.
4 /5

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere at DLA Piper was extremely friendly, a quality that was shared from graduate recruitment, to trainees, to partners. Everyone was very eager to help in any way and were very appreciative of questions. I was very impressive to see that multiples partners were willing to spend a huge amount of time talking to us about the firm as well.
3 /5

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

Due the vast amount of talks and activities to improve my CV, application and general legal skills, I would think that DLA Piper invested a great deal into my personal development. Given the fact all expenses were paid for if you didn't live in London, the firm invested greatly financially also.
4 /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?

Although there was a lot of information given to me about the firm by trainee and partner talks, the fact that I didn’t get see what the day to day life of a solicitor at DLA Piper actually looks like first-hand, I don’t think I fully got to understand the daily running of a firm such as this.
2 /5

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

Due to the general attitudes of graduate recruitment, trainees, and partners being extremely friendly and inclusive - I was able to fully understand the general atmosphere of working at the firm. There were also a number of talks on policies very important to DLA Piper such as diversity and pro bono, again suggesting the positive culture.
5 /5

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

4 /5

Everything Else

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

For those who did not live in London, hotel accommodation was provided for the duration of the programme. The hotel was relatively close to the office and tube station and was very nice. Breakfast, lunch and snacks were provided at the office and we were reimbursed for the cost of dinner.

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

3 /5

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

3 /5

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

2 /5

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

4 /5