Get the inside buzz from graduates at DLA Piper

7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2017)
"The firm is global and provides a full service with quality work."
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...

"The assessment day to get onto the vacation scheme consists of a business game where..."

"Everyone is friendly at all levels and I am not afraid to knock on anyone's door...."

"The training I received as DLA Piper was in depth and well organised, and I feel..."

"While I have had some mentors who didn't live up to expectations; I have had some..."

"The office space is modern, open and bright. It is situated in the heart of the city...."

"Hours vary. When there is work to be done it is expected that you will stay to complete..."

"I think my salary is very good, being both competitive and rewarding."

"The subsidised café is amazing. There is a host of the usual offers with local companies..."

"After completing an extensive application form, I had to go through two rounds of..."

"In the interview for the training contract (on the vacation scheme you have an assessment..."

"DLA has electronic filing systems for documents and e-mails. All paper is recycled...."

"Ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented at the firm and women still make up..."

"I'm very satisfied. My days are varied and challenging but also very rewarding and..."

"We have a team dedicated to pro bono work with a partner, senior associate and associate...."

"Working with very intelligent, but down-to-earth colleagues."

"There could be improvements in time management and it would be nice to have more..."

"I chose the firm because of its international nature, and the fact that when I met..."

"Generally good but figures can be slightly skewed. All but one of the trainees qualifying..."

"Every year at the Crewe induction week there is a themed evening where trainees and..."

"Global, high quality and driven."

"I think that there should be more flexibility to move within the offices throughout..."

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