Student at DLA Piper

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Duration
Virtual Experience
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Unpaid
Roles
Legal/Law

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7.6/10

The Role
8.7
Organisation
7.0

Socialising

6.8

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the virtual experience?

The virtual vacation scheme was a very enjoyable and interactive experience. We got insights into the firm's departments, its people and its values. All the sessions were very engaging and there were opportunities to ask questions. I particularly liked the office-specific networking event, allowing us to directly engage with different departments.

10/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I felt valued, as I got the chance to ask questions, got introduced to the firm by its global co-CEO and the UK managing partner, and connected well with my team. Its people made me feel valued as they were all very friendly and eager to give us information on its firm and their part in it.

7/10

3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the virtual experience?

There was a lot of support on the group project with trainees being readily available to help. The trainees also answered lots of our questions and were very friendly and engaging, even hosted a fun quiz! It definitely was more enjoyable, interactive and informative that I ever expected especially given the number of interns taking part.

9/10

4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I have improved on my networking, communication and teamwork skills. I have met so many people virtually and especially the ones i got to work with on the group project. My knowledge on the firm is also enhanced and the structure of global law firms overall. Finally I got some insights into some legal departments.

9/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the virtual experience?

The virtual experience was very well structured. We had multiple sessions, they were all different and engaging. Technical support was also great, we didnt have any technical issues and communication was facilitated smoothly with the use of the raise your hand for questions and muting your microphone when not speaking. We were also given lots of time to work on our project which was positive.

8/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your virtual experience?

The general atmosphere was very positive and friendly. Everyone that talked to us gave us valuable advice and was open to questions. All the interns were very friendly and eager to network. The presentations were also interactive and interesting and the hours were sufficient. DLA did a really good job in making this expirience fun.

9/10

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7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The firm, assigned a trainee buddy to me which I could refer to for any queries or inside. Although the time frame was limited given the virtual nature of the scheme, I worked on a presentation pitch for a client and via the trianee drop-in sessions I learned a lot about presenting to a client.

7/10

8. 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?

Through meeting its people and being introduced to the work they do in their respective departments, I got an insight in what it means to be part of DLA Piper. I got introduced to the structure of the firm and the support networks available, the training that trainees recieve and opportunities for secondments.

8/10

9. How much did the virtual experience help you in understanding the company culture?

The firm did an amazing job in portraying the company culture. From the way, its people talked about the firm, to their relationships with each other to the support networks available for diversity and inclusion. Meeting with both trainees, associates, partners and executives gave me the full picture of the firm culture.

10/10

10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The content was very valuable as it showed me what my life would be as a trainee at the firm. All the opportunities available to me and the support that I would receive even before joining the firm in the 2 years prior to the commencement of the training contract.

9/10

Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was paid an adequate amount for the one week of the virtual internship even though I didnt do any work in the office and received food vouchers as well on the first and last day which was an appreciated gesture.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were some opportunities for meeting employees including trainees, associates and partners but given the nature we of the scheme we were given limited time with them and didn't network enough with them or between us interns. We were given more talks by senior partners and executives and could ask some questions.

6/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There was a trainee quiz on the first day and office specific sections. Networking opportunites were limited to your team and some trainees.

5/10

14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes, there was some reference to activities and networks available to employees outside of work.

6/10

15. Would you recommend this virtual experience to a friend?

I would definitely recommend it, it was fun and informative and a great insight into the firm and making a client pitch.

10/10

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