Insight Scheme and Deal Spotlight Activity Debrief 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

Involved a 3 day programme with an extended debrief day which allowed individuals to get further tips on the practical session that was done in the programme. The programme itself involved the opportunity to network with Associates, Partners and junior trainees. You get to ask questions about the firms culture and the application process

Overview

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

The insight involved all the students on Zoom listening to Corporate partners and Pro Bono Associates talk about their role at DLA Piper. We got the opportunity to talk and ask questions at the end about the firm and what the culture is like. During the programme we got the chance to work on hypothetical tasks via Forage to get a good understanding of the certain tasks a commercial lawyer would undertake. We also got to listen to the recruitment team talk about psychometric testing

Skills

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

You learn a lot about commercial awareness throughout the programme. You understand the specific skills that a commercial lawyer would need in order to carry out tasks. Throughout the programme I developed my confidence and communication skills through networking with the trainees and I learnt about the importance of having critical thinking skills especially during the application process as this is a key skill that will be assessed for the summer internship and training contract from the watson glaser

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?

It was interesting to understand the breakdown of commercial law. There are various sectors within commercial law where the tasks differentiate a lot. I understood the versatile nature of the work at DLA Piper and how secondments work where you can develop your legal knowledge abroad in a different jurisdiction. It was interesting to learn more about dispute and resolution as that is a field that I found particularly interesting. The programme allows you to develop your business mindset as well as your legal knowledge.

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?

The company culture was very optimistic and inclusive. The company offer a range of campaigns to their employees like the MOSAIC campaign to make people feel more welcomed as they try to tackle the prejudices certain individuals face in society. There are social events available to talk to clients as well as other diversity initiatives which show the firms passion to embrace inclusivity. Their pro bono work is a key thing at DLA Piper where they have worked with many charities and are offered to first trainees to take part in too.

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 really enjoyed the insight the graduate recruitment team were very welcoming and more than happy to offer support to every individual. It was a well structured programme with various speaks so we could get a all rounded perspective of the firm. The programme exceeded my expectations and the events were very unique to DLA Piper like the 'Demystifying Law' talk which helped break down the commercial jargon. As much as I loved the programme, I wish I got the chance to ask further questions as we were pressed for time.

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

I would say to be yourself as they aren't expecting you to know everything about the industry. They embrace inclusivity and uniqueness so being the best version of yourself is all you can do. They recommend you practice psychometric testing before you apply for any programme with DLA Piper as it will set you up for success. Make sure you understand the application process, including the assessment center before so you are well prepared for it.