There were numerous talks scheduled each day which we were required to attend such as introduction to the various practice areas at DLA, the various employee networks and affinity groups and talks about the firms radical change agenda and embrace of technology. We also had to complete a group task which was given to us in the middle of the week. This involved pitching to a number of partners as a team. Therefore, we spent numerous afternoons completing group work.
I did not learn loads of new skills but definitely developed my listening ability, team-working ability. Furthermore, this experience definitely helped expand my knowledge of commercial law and the legal industry more generally. This experience was also invaluable for developing personal skills which will undoubtedly be of use later in my career. In particular, I learnt how to network effectively with a range of senior people in the firm which is necessary to progress through the business.
There was a very comprehensive overview of the business provided by DLA Piper. This involved talks that went beyond simply legal areas of the business, such as talks about the firms agenda to embrace technological change and talks on climate change. I think everyone on the scheme was aware of the route to becoming a trainee solicitor, but it was insightful to hear from a range of people from trainees right through to the CEO.
The company culture and general atmosphere was generally very friendly, supportive and engaging. The week was primarily led by the Graduate Recruitment Team who were adept at making everyone feel comfortable and included. As the primary point of contact, they were always knowledgeable about what was going on and able to direct us. Otherwise, the general atmosphere seemed great. DLA Piper had various initiatives which seemed to prioritise employee well being and diversity and inclusion.
I enjoyed the insight a massive amount. I had been on previous programmes which were not as structured as DLA Piper. I thought the big strength of the programme was that there was a full-day of talks and activities planned every day which meant it was easy to stay engaged and feel as if DLA Piper genuinely valued our insight. I also enjoyed working as part of the group and it was great to get to know fellow interns on the programme.
Interview and assessment centre advice - I think they value people who have personality and can bring something different. At the assessment centre ensure you include the rest of the members in the group interview and be prepared to speak about yourself with many relevant examples during the partner interview. Practice the Watson Glaser test as it seems DLA put a lot of emphasis on this for deciding in who moves forward. On the internship, embrace everything, go in with an open mind and ask as many questions as possible.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
3rd July 2021