I enjoyed the presentations however overall I do not think I will apply to DLA Piper. This is because it felt certain political values were not the right ones. It was an usual experience. I would recommend anyone from a religious or LGBTQI background to think about the firm twice.
Again everyone was wonderful however there was a weird vibe when it came to discussing diversity. Religion was pitted against the LGBTQI community. It was very weird as it felt certain political views were valued more. People were valued for the diversity point they could be used for not for who they actually are.
The guidance was great on applying and there is a fast track option. However this topic of the the very last session of the three days. It would have been better in this was at the beginning. Many students were confused. The last session was great and there was a QA opportunity on half of the presentations.
Presentations focused on Pro-bono work a lot. I think there were three presentations on this which was great and super interesting. However going into an interview and just focusing on Pro-bono wouldnt be good. It could have been more developed. There was only one session on developing skills for the vacation scheme application.
Well structured. Many of the presentation went over time. Half of them had a QA opportunity.
We were required to come at 8.45 for breakfast although the presentation started at 9.30. You could see that HR and GR spent a lot of time in structuring it and were heavily invested.
HR and GR were great. Other students on the programme were friendly and highly intelligent. Trainees were friendly and answered all the questions from students ( no matter how repetitive)
I am giving a low score because of the highly unusual presentation on diversity given by two employees of the firm which seems to place religion and lgbtqi against each other.
Some of the presentation were led by partners.
Limited. There could have been more sessions did not focus on this however focus mostly on their pro bono practice which was really impressive. There could have been another session with trainees without HR/GR present about QA session.
GR and HR were super friendly and happy to answer any question.
Super useful in understanding the company culture. I would recommend anyone applying with the aim of understanding more about the firms culture to apply.
You can definitely find out to what extent they 'value' diversity with the two presentations were hold during the insight programme scheme. The views on the LGBTQI and religious communities were unusual.
LImited compared to other schemes
This is only because not enough time has passed since my application. The firm spent a lot of money on the programme. This is very true.
The trainees were great and useful. They were very patient in answering students questions which can be repetitive. We could met them during lunch. However, the ratio of trainees and students meant it difficult to talk to them. It felt uncomfortable as you wanted to give them a break as well.
Did not get much chance to do this.
During lunch you could talk to trainees and other employees and ask questions about activities they can get involved outside of work. Pro Bono session was highly useful in answering this question as well and there was a QA opportunity at the end of it.
Depends on what my friend wants to get from the scheme. It would be useful in finding more about the culture of the firm however it is of limited importance if your goal is to find out more about application tips and the advice about the process of applying to the firm.