Get the inside buzz from graduates at DLA Piper

8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 52 ratings in 2016)
"DLA Piper is international, forward-thinking and pragmatic."
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
 
 

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"The firm does not have a particular "mould" of trainee. However, they do look for..."

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"Varies hugely from informal in some departments to very traditional in others –..."

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"The firm puts on office drinks each month on the Friday after payday. These are held..."

"I was interviewed to achieve a place on the firm's vacation scheme. For the TC, I..."

"I was asked about DLA's sector approach and the future of the legal sector. I was..."

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"Many trainees/lawyers have different backgrounds at DLA, from second careers to work..."

"Client interaction does depend on your department, but generally fee earners are..."

"There are daily emails about pro bono projects. I've worked on various research projects..."

"Internal support network and non-intimidating atmosphere"

"Not very good canteen or firm-wide social activities."

"The lack of hierarchy and the open-door policy I experienced while on a vacation..."

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"Greater transparency on trainee seat moves and secondment applications."

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