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Role Description

One-week summer internship. Provides an advanced introduction to the legal sector and the firm's practice groups. It also builds your professional skills and workplace capability. Throughout the induction there are opportunities to hear from and network with senior members of the firm. Usually three week face-to-face programme, but it was modified to a one-week virtual vacation scheme this year.


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • The summer internship was great! We had a mix of presentations from senior members of the firm, which demonstrated that future trainees are valued. We also had the chance to network with partners, associates and trainees from our chosen office on several occasions, which was also very useful, as it provided a deeper understanding of their practice groups. We also had a pitch group exercise - great way to interact with future colleagues.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • It enhanced my understanding of how a law firm works as a business, how priorities are set, how clients are retained and relationships developed. The presentations and talks throughout the internship really contributed to this and we had a chance to put this into practice while preparing for our group pitch.

  • 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 had the chance to participate in drop-in calls with trainees from different offices to understand their experience as trainee solicitors, which was very useful. In turn, presentations and talks throughout the summer internship (including by the Irish and UAE offices) about different practice groups, diversity and inclusion and responsible business, really provided a fantastic insight about the way the business operates.

  • 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 personable and down-to-earth. For example, very senior members of the firm gave us presentations and talks and were happy to answer more than the usual 2-3 questions. They made us feel very welcome and highlighted throughout that the process is very much about us deciding whether DLA Piper was a good fit for us, as much as DLA Piper deciding whether the interns are a right fit for them.

  • 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?
  • It was very enjoyable! Dominique's tunes throughout the breaks in-between each session made it all the more enjoyable. The Graduate Recruitment and Development Team really designed a fantastic, packed programme that enabled us to learn a lot about the firm and to speak with members of the firm at every level, despite the fact that it was virtual.

  • 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 to brush up on commercial news and understand what sets DLA Piper apart from its competitors. It's also important that you learn how a law firm operates, what clients are looking for and understand what trends affect both the law firm and its clients.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)


16th July 2021

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