We offer 4- to 6-week internships for undergraduates (L3) and masters students, and longer periods for master complémentaires (M2) or LLM students. You can take your internship throughout the calendar year, depending on your university commitments.
Completing an internship will shape your view on life as a professional lawyer. We see it as a great opportunity to get to know each other in real conditions – indeed many of our previous summer trainees are now part of the future of our firm.
We take great care in creating a programme that will both challenge you intellectually and develop you personally, including:
- unique professional insight – you will benefit first-hand from the tutelage of a partner or counsel and receive daily guidance from an associate.
- variety of experience – you will work in at least two areas of practice (from asset management and investment funds, corporate banking and finance, and dispute resolution)
- practical experience – your role is to assist our lawyers in their work through a wide variety of tasks and discussion of client cases; in return they will give you helpful feedback and guidance.
- tailored training – you will receive an introduction to Luxembourg law, an appreciation of the type of transactions that we are involved in and what will be expected from you as future lawyers. We also organise visits to the Tribunal and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.
Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.
We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.
We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.
Are you interested?
Please apply directly on our website and submit your latest CV and your motivation letter as well as copy of your diploma(s).
At Duncan Lewis we are proud of the volunteer opportunities that we provide as we know it is extremely difficult to gain exposure and experience within a law firm.
We know the importance of volunteer schemes and the positive effect these can have in gaining future paid employment. We are always looking for volunteers who are passionate about law and want an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, learn and develop skills, build up confidence, gain an insight in a fast paced legal firm, make new friends and start building a professional network.
Volunteers must have a strong academic background, have completed their Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course, read or be in the process of reading law at degree or higher level and be looking to expand their practical knowledge of the law. We are also looking for volunteers interested in only admin work.
During the course of the volunteer placement you will:
- be put through an Induction process which will give you an introduction to the firm, office health and safety and shown how to use some of our IT equipment.
- you will be allocated a supervisor who will provide support, close supervision and give training on your placement dependent on the tasks carried out.
The majority of your time with the firm will be likely to be allocated to provision of paralegal/admin support to an allocated solicitor/team of fee-earners.
Tasks may vary but may include the following (this list is not exhaustive): –
- Legal research
- Preparing bundles
- Proof reading
- Exposure to drafting
- Photocopying/ Faxing / Scanning/Archiving and Filling
- Answering the telephone, taking messages
- Assisting with reception duties
- Dealing with post
- Assisting with e-communication on behalf of fee-earners (emails)
- At the time of your placement, depending upon the nature of the work, you may have exposure to attend interviews and shadow relevant fee-earners.
We anticipate to contribute to your volunteer placement by providing opportunities(*) to shadow solicitors, sit in interviews, assisting in the preparation work on files, drafting routine letters, attending interviews within London and on occasions be allowed to sit behind counsel at court.
(*) when possible according to the team’s schedule
The volunteer placement is to help assist you in developing your understanding of daily routine of a legal firm.
All volunteers are covered under the organisations employer liability insurance.
Most of our candidates are able to make use of the skills gained during the Volunteer Programme, in order to successfully apply for temporary/permanent positions on completion of their legal studies.
Applications will be accepted at the discretion of the firm according to the Firm’s business requirements at that time.
Please note: These positions are not remunerated and candidates must be at least 16 years of age and eligible to work in the UK.
We take high pride in our commitment to Equal Opportunities and Diversity (the diversity of the communities we represent to reflect at all levels within our workforce). In order to comply with our Equal Opportunity Policy we need to be aware of any special arrangements that you require in connection with your current state of health or any disability you might have. Please disclose in cover letter if this applies.
ETHICAL & RESPONSIBLE
While exercising our professional duties and playing a role in society, it is of the utmost importance to demonstrate ethical and responsible behaviour at the highest standard. We act responsibly and with integrity to gain confidence and build up long term relationships with our clients and other stakeholders. At B&R, we strive to act always with due care, confidentiality, independence, respect, transparency and accountability.
Entrepreneurship can only happen when you have people who can seize opportunities based on their ideas to generate value. Our lawyers undertake their job in the most efficient and business-focused way, which allows them to see what is needed and what is missing. At B&R, we do everything to bring about our clients’ vision.
We will never take things for granted. We will always challenge the norm and think out of the box in our clients’ best interests. At B&R, we’re convinced that we’ve got to be forward thinking to stay one step ahead.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
At B&R, we believe in difference not in conformity. We are enthusiastic and thoughtful. We think and act differently from most lawyers. Our singularity will be a source of innovation and freshness. We will have a customised look at your project or issues. We strive to make an impact on your business by listening, thinking and solving uniquely for you. We want to be much more than your lawyer. We want to be your trusted partner throughout your projects’ lifetime….and beyond!
We see our law firm as a part of the larger human community and everything we do should allow mirror that. We are therefore committed to create and maintain a sustainable environment for us and others to facilitate global economic and social development. The way to sustainability can only be achieved through sustainable development, including gender equality, diversity, good health and well-being of our teams and a more responsible consumption and production. At B&R, we are committed to play our full part in creating a more human, sustainable, respectful and life-enhancing environment for our associates and employees. We want to be the strong link in a chain of interlocking responsibilities towards a better future.