DLA offer a well planned and structured insight into the firm. The partners, employees and graduate recruitment team are all very friendly and welcoming. I thoroughly enjoyed my insight at DLA, and felt like a genuine member of the team by the end of my placement.
I felt very valued during my time at DLA. The associates and partners would regularly take time out of their day to meet with me, discuss the tasks I had been doing, and telling me why they were important. In addition the trainees spent alot of time with us outside office hours, which really helped to integrate us into the firm.
The insight itself is very structured. You are partnered up with a buddy who you can communicate with prior to the insight starting, and through the insight I felt able to approach anybody if I was struggling whit something.
It insight was very practical. The time in London allowed me to develop me soft skills such as networking, the time in the regional office gave me the chance to do hands on work, often work which would usually be a trainees task. I learned to enhance my attention to detail, and the constructive feedback i received after each task allowed me to see the areas that i needed to work on.
Incredibly will structured, couldn't fault the program at all. On the first day we were given a program that outlined everything we needed to know for the next 3 week. There were a lot of moving parts in the insight, so it could have been very easy for something to go wrong, however the graduate recruitment team were in control from day one.
Every single intern was very friendly, which was clearly done on purpose. Built very close connections with the other interns. Everyone was friendly, eager to work and social. We often arranged social events outside the scheduled program.
The firm did a lot to help with individual development. interns regularly received detailed feedback outlining what went well and what should be changed or worked on in the future.
Very much so, by the end of the three weeks you really can imagine yourself working for the firm. This is mainly due to the friendly and approachable attitude of the trainees, associates and partners.
We started our insight with all the UK interns spending 4 weeks in London. The purpose of this, other than to get people comfortable, was to introduce us to the firm and let us realize the firms values and ethos.
During the day we were undertaking tasks typically given to trainees. This greatly helped me to realise if I wanted to do the job or not. Additionally we were given time to shadow partners and associates, which helped us to see how we could expect out careers to develop.
This is something DLA is great at. Almost all travel, accommodation and food costs were reimbursed, even as early as assessment days and including our induction in London. We were paid very good rates for our time working a swell.
Every week there were several events organised relating to this. from lunch with trainees to dinners with partners. It really felt like DLA wanted its interns to get to know the other people in the office.
Networking can often be awkward, however DLA manages to get around this. All social opportunities and networking events were fun and didn't feel forced.
There were various opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work, from pub quizzes to representing the DLA touch rugby team. They catered to everyone and really wanted to make sure you enjoyed yourself.
Absolutely. There is nothing I could fault about this internship. Highly recommend it to anyone who is considering on applying. You get made to feel really welcome and are given great opportunities to practice law in practical ways.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Commercial Law, Corporate Law
10th July 2019