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DLA Piper UK graduates

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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2018)
"The firm is global and provides a full service with quality work...."
8.1 / 10
Formal Training
7.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.2 / 10
6.9 / 10
8.1 / 10
7.5 / 10
Pro Bono
8.7 / 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 trainees are given minimum targets.


  • 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..."

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

"There's a host of formal training programmes covering professional skills course..."

"DLA runs a formal mentoring scheme, which is optional and confidential. Fee earners..."

"I have worked in the Manchester and the Madrid offices. Manchester office is a little..."

"While it can feel like DLA Piper's lawyers do work longer hours than most do in Leeds,..."

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

"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..."

"There are standard competency questions, commercial questions and questions about..."

"The firm switches off lights at 8pm but much more could be done – few people switch..."

"There is an LGBT global network within the firm. Many women go on maternity leave..."

"This depends on your department and how much you have progressed through the training..."

"DLA Piper offers a plethora of interesting pro bono projects for a variety of clients...."

"The responsibility given, international secondment opportunities and the diversity...."

"Supervision levels can vary and sometimes you may feel you have been given more responsibility..."

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

"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."

"Reliable and motivated."

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

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