Insight Scheme Attendee at DLA Piper

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Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London
Review Date
Roles
Commercial Law
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5/5

Skills
5
Business Insight
5
Culture
5
Your Impressions
5

Role Description

I took part in the DLA Piper VirtualInsight Programme which took 3 days.

Overview

1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.

Every day there was an opportunity to: - Learn about Commercial Law - Speak to partners at DLA Piper - Speak to Trainee Solicitors at DLA Piper - Learn about how to improve Applications - Have Q&A Sessions - Engage in a Commercial task that involve due diligence, drafting contracts and correspondence, and also a commercial awareness task.

Skills

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

Yes! Skills: - condense key points of a 30 page document into a single A4 page, - Pay attention to detail when drafting a contract - Develop my formal writing skills - Picked up a growth mentality through hearing lawyers at DLA Piper give valuable advice - Developed the skill of selling myself in application processes - Developed communication skills

How would you rate the training provided during your experience?

5 /5

How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?

5 /5

How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?

5 /5

Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development

5 /5

Business Insight

3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?

DLA Piper ensured that I finished the insight programme with a greater understanding to the running of commercial law firms. It taught me how business law firms generate revenue, the structures employed, the different practice groups and the significance of clients. It also taught me how to navigate through the virtual world when working in a business to engage with clients and team members.

Please rate how insightful you found the insight

5 /5

How would you rate the structure of the insight

5 /5

How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight

5 /5

Culture

4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?

Friendly and welcoming from the very first second! If you want a company that appreciates who you are for you, then DLA Piper is the one. They let us (the attendees) know how important we are to them from the very first sentence which brought a sense of home and comfort. The Graduate Team and all of the DLA Piper lawyers extended sessions for us to speak more about their experiences and answer all of our burning questions. It is worth adding that they sent us an invaluable notebook and pen to help us take notes! (They looked so cool!)

How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?

5 /5

How would you rate the networking opportunities?

5 /5

Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?

5 /5

Your Impressions

5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I loved it! I have never felt more comfortable at a global law firm. I came in thinking it was going to be daunting...and I was wrong. The insight lived up to its name as I spoke to partners, trainees, graduate recruitment about anything and everything necessary to excel in my law career and a career at DLA Piper. I know I enjoyed it because I ended my sessions feeling refreshed, motivated and enlightened.

Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight

5 /5

Please rate how your experience met your expectations

5 /5

Please rate the future employment prospects at DLA Piper

5 /5

7. Would you recommend DLA Piper to a friend?

Yes

8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to DLA Piper

Go for it! DLA Piper is a global law firm, it has a presence and is a strong competitor. But what people do not realise ( I am guilty of this) is that all of this stems from their collaborative culture of support and happiness. This internal strength is unparalleled. The top advice I would give when applying to DLA Piper is to thoroughly research the firm. For example, understand its business model (a full service law firm with a single profit pool). Also, show your personality, they want to know YOU.