• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

The scheme is designed to give you an insight into life at a global commercial law firm.


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • The insight was a 3 day event held virtually. There were a number of speakers ranging from a managing director to trainees. We were given the opportunity to complete practical task modules in due diligence, commercial awareness research, drafting and advising a client.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • My due diligence and commercial awareness research skills are greatly improved as I got the chance to practice these with guidance from the trainees. I also learnt how important it is to tackle imposter syndrome and how DLA Piper supports this.

  • 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?
  • All the speakers were highly engaging and relatable when discussing their own roles and business areas which was reassuring for any budding solicitor. They didn't shy away from explaining that at times it can be tough but with the right support network around you, the job is highly rewarding and manageable.

  • 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?
  • Very warm and welcoming. All the trainees and partners who spoke at the programme understood the importance of enjoying your work and enjoying the company of your colleagues which ultimately aids business growth and development. There are also many employee networks available which are well known and supported amongst employees.

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

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 4/5

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

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I loved every moment! Over the 3 days there was a real sense of community built up between the attendees, graduate recruitment team, partners and trainees within the firm. The firm didn't focus too much on explaining every single sector in detail which can often make the insights feel long and boring. Instead they focussed on sessions that were engaging and relevant to those who are interested in learning more about the law. If there was a session to work in small breakout rooms to speak to my fellow attendees, the insight would've been perfect so I am hoping they implement this in the future.

  • 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
  • Make sure you are passionate about the business area you choose to write about as I believe this comes through to the graduate recruiters who read the applications.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law

1st April 2021

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