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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
17th April 2019