• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

A week on Zoom listening to presentations and a group project


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • Listening to Zoom presentations and one group task.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I have learned how to raise my hand quickly on a 100 person Zoom call and not much more! We had to complete a group task that consisted of a pitch presentation but, considering we had to do a group task and presentation in the assessment centre, this did not teach a great deal in terms of new skills. I was disappointed in not being able to do any actual legal tasks or work.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 1/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 2/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 2/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • We had a series of talks from managing partners across the firm. Generally, they said similar things. We had an overview of other areas of the business such as innovation and diversity, but it would have been good to have more talks on the practice areas and work involved.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 5/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The scheme turned me off of wanting to work at the firm. The employees I encountered did not appear to be particularly inspired by their work. There were no opportunities to get to know the other vacation schemers (outside of our 3-4 person group project) or engage with staff members outside the 100 person calls. The trainees did not seem particularly well supported due to the size of the firm and qualification seemed ruthless.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 1/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 1/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • It was disappointing. A vacation scheme should provide legal experience, as well as assessing whether you would like to join the firm. After getting through a rigorous recruitment process, it was draining and provided no real enrichment to spend a week listening to Zoom presentations and then present back what we had learned about the firm. The most enjoyable part was when we briefly broke into smaller office-based groups on the penultimate day.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 2/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 2/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at DLA Piper
  • 3/5

  • 7. Would you recommend DLA Piper to a friend?
  • No

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to DLA Piper
  • Ask lots of questions and be as enthusiastic as possible

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)


7th July 2021

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