Get the inside buzz from graduates at DLA Piper

7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2017)
"Driven, hard-working, friendly."
7.6 / 10
Formal Training
7.9 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
7.1 / 10
6.4 / 10
7.1 / 10
Pro Bono
8.8 / 10


  • Teams within the firm are friendly and approachable, which gives the firm an excellent culture.
  • Having a wide client base means there is a real range of work for trainees to experience.
  • High-quality international and client secondments are offered to trainees in all offices.
  • The firm has a very active outlook on pro bono and has a department dedicated to it.


  • In some departments, working long and unpredictable hours is unavoidable.
  • The large size of the firm can lead to it feeling a little impersonal at times.
  • Salaries for regional offices are noticeably lower than London.
  • High expectations and early responsibility can make some trainees feel pressured.

What insiders say about...

"There is a vacation scheme at the firm, where if your application is successful,..."

"People are all very friendly and welcoming, there's usually a welcome and leaving..."

"Every team ensure that lawyers are kept up-to-date in developments with regard to..."

"I have been able to build really good working relationships with my supervisors...."

"The Edinburgh office is in the city centre and is open-plan. There is a glass atrium..."

"Days are given in lieu after particularly busy periods and you can arrive late/leave..."

"Very good – on par with other firms in the region."

"I recently volunteered at the DLA Piper election night party with a number of other..."

"I had an interview for the vac scheme and on the scheme then had a number of business..."

"There were a few competency questions, but I was mainly asked personal questions..."

"There is paper shredding and recycling and all the lights turn off automatically..."

"The firm supports drives to increase women's participation in law (Leadership Alliance..."

"The kind of work you get is very much dependent on your level of ability, the seat..."

"There are plenty of pro bono initiatives going on ranging from research to larger..."

"Working with like-minded people and getting good exposure to international work and..."

"There is a lot of emphasis on business development tasks and attending firm events..."

"Everyone I met was really friendly and approachable. I like the opportunities for..."

"It's very varied across the firm and locations so it's hard to know where any vacancies..."

"Our New Perimeter Initiative does not get the attention it deserves."

"DLA Piper is friendly, approachable and driven."

"Greater ability to move between offices for seats."

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