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DLA Piper UK graduates

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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2018)
"Global firm with friendly and practical lawyers."
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...

"Application form, interviews, presentation, written exercises. Find something specific..."

"Great culture at the firm. I find it really friendly and felt included from day one...."

"Trainees are expected to undertake four seats during their training contract, each..."

"I think that a buddy scheme at the firm would be useful, especially in the first..."

"Most departments operate a dress code where you don't need to wear a tie unless going..."

"This depends on which department you are in and who you work for. When there is a..."

"DLA Piper trainee salaries tend to be at the higher end of the scale in Scotland,..."

"There is a generous events budget at the firm, so frequent social events are a perk..."

"After the initial application, there were three rounds to the recruitment process...."

"I was asked questions about where I saw the firm in five or ten years in terms of..."

"We have recycling bins in the kitchen areas but this does not cover as much as it..."

"While women still make up a minority of partners, there is a push to get more into..."

"The type of work and level of responsibility depend upon the seat. My current seat..."

"All trainees are required to participate in the Prince's Trust helpline and the office..."

"It's a global firm with the perks to match as well as high-profile clients and good-quality..."

"Hours can be long, regional salary is far behind London even though the work is exactly..."

"The good-quality work with the potential for international experience without having..."

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

"Qualified lawyers can take part in mini-secondments to other offices (including international)..."

"Friendly and approachable with fantastic work."

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

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