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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 52 ratings in 2016)
"A geographically diverse firm, which is still growing into its role as the world's largest law firm."
Pros: 
  • 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 offers many opportunities to get involved.
Cons: 
  • 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 noticeable lower than London.
  • High expectations and early responsibility can make some trainees feel pressured.
Culture
8.1 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
 
Hours
7.3 / 10
 
Salary
7.6 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.8 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.4 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"The firm does not recruit from any particular universities. I am the only trainee..."

"Trainee social life is fantastic. The majority socialise very regularly and become..."

"Training programmes are organised at different levels. Trainees are asked to take..."

"Very accessible but the quality of mentoring/feedback differs depending on individuals..."

"Some offices are currently moving to new premises. Right now they are okay, if a..."

"Every week is different. Sometimes the hours are extremely long, but only when it's..."

"Pay is very good in comparison with other traineeships. Trainees are not given a..."

"Pension and other benefits including optional healthcare. Perks at local businesses...."

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

"I was asked which other firms I had applied to and why, who I saw as DLA Piper's..."

"We have paperless filing systems for e-mails and documents. The firm arranged a no..."

"Women’s Network has been formed this year, black lawyers directory is actively..."

"As a trainee in the projects department, my role depends on the stages of the projects..."

"Many opportunities to contribute. Projects have involved human rights, access to..."

"The training and the support network."

"No beds on site means that when you are working round the clock on a deal it makes..."

"It's a full-service law firm and very international with a reputation for friendliness...."

"In my experience the retention rates have been very good, and there are a number..."

"We have free drinks in the office on the Friday after payday."

"International, aspirational, commercially minded."

"I believe that there should be greater opportunities for client secondments outside..."

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