Rating

4.6/5
  • About You
    4.4
  • The Company
    4.8
  • Everything Else
    4.4

    About You

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • My first work experience with a law firm beyond attending open days. It gave a really good opportunity to understand the culture and workings of the firm and why its employees have chosen to work there. I was very welcomed by all staff members I spoke to, from reception to security team.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  • Very valued throughout, even the partners would be happy to come up and talk to me. The trainees were eager to network with us over lunch and graduate recruitment were helpful throughout and constantly encouraging us to ask as many questions as possible. I felt like even though there were so many of us there, each and everyone one of us was catered for.

    5/5

  • 3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  • Lots! Graduate recruitment team were always around for anything and there were people on-hand to answer questions all the time. Lots of support from peers during group tasks and encouragement from staff members to participate during group tasks. Lots of support during presentation tasks and during the signing-in process also.

    5/5

  • 4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Not applicable - not particularly relevant to my degree but beyond will help with making applications in the future. I had lots of fun and it prepared me for when I apply for VAC schemes next year as well as for future events like these and just general networking practice.

    3/5

    The Company

  • 5. How well structured was the insight?
  • A very organised 3 days. We stuck to the agenda and timings were perfect. All the workshops felt like just the right amount of time and also lunch and breaks were adequate length! Lots of activities packed into the day and it never got uninteresting, every activity was engaging and I had a great time.

    5/5

  • 6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  • Really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It felt like a true insight to the firm as everything that the firm values was reflected in how we were treated as insight programme applicants. Lots of energy throughout, energy increased as we got to know each other more and made more friends as time went on.

    5/5

  • 7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Presentation skills improved during the presentation task. Also grad recruitment were constantly engaging us to participate and do as much as possible. The firm ensured we left the scheme with sufficient skills to progress on to applying for VAC schemes as well as the necessary networking skills through constant networking sessions.

    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?
  • Good but perhaps could have done some work with particular teams though I appreciate this is probably what happens on VAC schemes rather than insight programmes and wasn't the purpose of this programme. Did give a true insight into the work during the negotiation task as this is something which a lawyer at the firm may do.

    4/5

  • 9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  • A lot, we met people of all different roles and all different stages from future trainees to long term partners Also met partners from Hong Kong office who confirmed that culture and diversity remains consistent through all of DLA Pipers offices. Trainees were a true reflection of what the presenters said the culture would be.

    5/5

  • 10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  • Very! I loved the negotiation exercise and the type of work which the trainees get given also sounds very interesting. I did come into the event with some apprehension as to whether a legal career is for me but I really enjoyed my time here and can see myself working in a lucrative team like at DLA.

    5/5

    Everything Else

  • 11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  • We were reimbursed for our travel expenses and were also provided lunch, breakfast and dinner. Our dinner expenses went up to £20 and we were reimbursed for these. If you lived far out of London they would also pay for a hotel though I live in London so this is not applicable for me.


  • 12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  • Yes lots- met trainees and future trainees. Lots of panel sessions as well as speed networking sessions where we could ask any questions. Also networking over lunch with trainees was great and provided a more informal atmosphere so that we could talk to the trainees more casually and gain a true insight into the firm.

    5/5

  • 13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  • Yes lots- met trainees and future trainees. Lots of panel sessions as well as speed networking sessions where we could ask any questions. Also networking over lunch with trainees was great and provided a more informal atmosphere so that we could talk to the trainees more casually and gain a true insight into the firm as a whole.

    5/5

  • 14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  • Yes lots of pro-bono work, lots of opportunities for legal aid. Also trainees given induction for example at Sandhurst where there is team-building days. There are also lots of times where trainees will go for dinner together. There are also Christmas parties and lots of social events for members at the firm to take part in.

    3/5

  • 15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  • Yes it is a very good insight into what a large international commercial law firm is like. It is perfect for anyone just starting their journey into a legal career and particularly first years who may be apprehensive as to whether a legal career is for them. It gives more than what open days give.

    5/5

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Legal/Law

17th April 2019


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