3- day programme named 2019 Insight Programme for first year law students (2nd year non-law students)
The 2019 Insight programme provided by DLA Piper was very enjoyable and intellectually stimulating. The talks and workshops that the programme comprised of were highly informative, and delivered in a coherent and professional manner. I thoroughly enjoyed networking and socializing with partners and associates of the firm, as well as other participants, in a pleasant environment.
The graduate recruitment team of DLA Piper really went out of their way to make us feel as welcome as possible. They accommodated us in their London offices and were always eager to answer any questions and make sure that we were enjoying ourselves to the fullest. They were inviting, friendly, and approachable, as were other partners and associates of the firm that led talks and workshops throughout the three-day programme.
During the insight the team had organized various workshops and talks that were highly informative and educational. They provided us with career-focused advice, tips for future applications, and answered any possible questions we may have had about the industry or the firm. They also gave a thorough presentation of where the programme positions us, and what the next steps for us are, provided we're interested to join their firm. We also received great support with arranging our expenses, accomodation and meals, before and during the programme, and all our needs were fully accomodated.
The information received was highly relevant to my studies and future professional career as they centered around pursuing a career as a solicitor for a commercial international firm which is my main aim. The skills acquired were also invaluable as we were instructed on how to build a CV and tailor it to the standards of an employer, and to research and collaborate in a team on M&A simulation deals, which is a department i'm highly interested in.
The programme was tailored to the needs of a first year (or second year non law student) as it ought to be, and very well structured. There were food breaks and opportunities for networking throughout the programme, and the activities were very engaging and interractive, including many workshops and panels.
The firm's staff seemed to be enjoying themselves just as much as we did as participants. The students were highly energetic, and the staff very friendly, which resulted in a very pleasant and welcoming atmosphere for everyone involved. The team had also organized a couple of ice breaker exercises, so we were all soon feeling very comfortable with one another!
During the programme we attended various talks and panels led by partners or associates of the firm that talked about their journey into law and their experience at DLA Piper, Trainees were also very open about their day-to-day lives training at the firm, and gave us information about their tasks, workload, hours and responsibilities, helping us understand fully how working for the firm looks like.
All non-London residents had their travel and accomodation expenses fully reimbursed by the company, and were beyond satisfied with the quality of the accomodation (Thistle City Barbican Hotel). Also, all participants had their food expenses covered by the firm, and were overall satisfied with the team's effort to accomodate our needs!
There were numerous opportunities for meeting employees of the firm, and they were always eager to answer any questions in a friendly and approachable manner. We also had dinner and launch networking events, and a speed networking event with trainees, where we were given an insight on their experiences and work life at the firm.
I would not only recommend this insight to students interested in DLA Piper, but also to all first year law students (2nd year non-law) that are curious to explore how a global law firm operates. I was surprised to learn many of the firm's activities and programmes, and I was presented with many potential career pathways I could follow.