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  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

This scheme was an insight into life as a commercial lawyer. It's aimed at first year law students (or second year non-law students). We received talks from partners at the firm, listened to the stories of trainees, and were given an independent trainee project.


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • The day was often quite broken up so there were plenty of breaks, which was great because I was always refreshed for each session. Sessions would range from having a senior management partner talk to us, a trainee describe their journey and typical day to us, and sessions by graduate recruitment.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Yes, during the independent tasks I was able to develop my research skills, commercial awareness, legal drafting and also my written communication skills. I had not done legal drafting before but the programme explained how to do it well.

  • 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?
  • We received talks from executives of the firm so we were able to ask questions and gain an understanding of how the business operates on a global scale. Additionally we also listened to trainees and got to see how they contribute to the bigger picture.

  • 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


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The company culture was amazing. This was by far the most welcoming culture at a law firm I have experienced. Not only were the graduate recruitment team friendly and welcoming, but the partners and firm leaders were relatable as well. It felt like I was already part of the firm, despite only having been there for a few days. As it was virtual and we couldn't eat lunch together, they gave us JustEat vouchers.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the insight. I learnt so much about the firm and the people there and I also learnt what I personally value in a law firm. My favourite part of the scheme was the independent project because it was like a simulation of the work I would actually do as a trainee.

  • 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
  • One tip I would give is to make sure the commercial topic that you pick is something that you are genuinely interested in because it will make your analysis of it a lot more authentic. As opposed to picking an area that is popular amongst commercial law firms. Your genuine interest will be seen by the graduate recruitment team and if you are not genuinely interested, that will come through.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law

2nd April 2021

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