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DLA Pipers summer vacation scheme that took place online for the duration of a week.

  1. To what extent did you enjoy the virtual experience?
  2. Considering it was supposed to be an in person experience that they had to chance, it was of great quality.

    It was ran smoothly, well thought out whilst being enjoyable and interesting. Although being online wasn’t ideal, the teams had gone to great effort to make it the best it could be.


  3. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  4. Did feel valued when placed in smaller groups - everyone was always very helpful and wanting to make sure you had everything you needed.

    In the larger groups it was perhaps harder to feel valued as an individual as there were so many people on the call. However, as an intern overall they definitely made an effort and can not be faulted.


  5. How much guidance/support did you receive during the virtual experience?
  6. There was always someone available to help. A lot of emphasis was placed upon this.

    Whether it was the grad recruitment team, your assigned ‘buddy’ or other trainees. There was always someone to guide and support you that you could easily reach out to.


  7. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  8. The information I received has helped me decided if DLA Piper is the firm for me. Information include their training scheme format to company structure etc.

    All very interesting and gives a full rounded view when making future decisions about my career.


  9. How well structured was the virtual experience?
  10. Well structured with a timetable set for everyday. Originally they weren’t sending out the timetables, but they quickly changed this so we were receiving it the evening before.

    The days were interesting with a good amount of breaks between talk. There was also enough practical work to add some variety.


  11. How was the general atmosphere during your virtual experience?
  12. It’s hard to measure the atmosphere through a computer screen, but everyone was very friendly and excited to be there.

    Talking through zoom can make things less spontaneous and maybe a little bit more awkward when in larger groups, but everyone was willing to adapt and kept a positive attitude.


  13. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  14. There wasn’t much focus on personal development sessions. However, you were able to reach out to people and ask for help leading to development it needed.

    I can assure I have definitely developed my skills in zoom.


  15. To what extent did the virtual experience help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?
  16. Got a good understanding of the work a trainee would encounter day to day. This was through group work and talking to them.

    Also got to see the day to day work of higher up members of the firm, but not in the same detail. However, this was understandable.


  17. How much did the virtual experience help you in understanding the company culture?
  18. A large range of talks on many different aspects of the firm. Nothing beats an in person experience in understanding a company’s culture, but everyone was very nice and able to demonstrate it through calls and seminars.


  19. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  20. It helped me understand what I want in a law firm and what a law firm expects of me.


  21. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  22. I was payed a very reasonable amount for the weeks work as well as gifted a £25 just eat voucher at the start.

  23. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  24. Harder to network than in the traditional way, but lots of emails were freely given out with the invitation to contact them from people in every level of the firm.


  25. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  26. Not the best in the world, but a very solid attempt considering this is the first ever online internship.

    It was more awkward than it would have been in person, but it’s what you make of it and I was able to find people I could freely message and speak to.


  27. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  28. Yes, there are a range of networks with positive messages that anyone is able to get involved with. As well as there being more lighthearted alternatives such as dodgeball teams and choirs.


  29. Would you recommend this virtual experience to a friend?
  30. Definitely. A great experience I am glad I got to be apart of. Learnt many things I didn’t know before, which will be beneficial in the future.


  31. In addition to these questions, is there any extra information you would like to leave about your experiences on your work placement that other students may be interested in?

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Commercial Law

Central London and City

25th June 2020

Less than £ 10,000

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