Get the inside buzz from graduates at DLA Piper

7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, approachable and commercially astute."
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.

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"I am happy with my level of pay compared to trainees at other firms in my region...."

"Daily living allowance on secondment in addition to pay."

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

"I was asked to tell my interviewers about myself without repeating anything I had..."

"Good recycling facilities except for the number of paper coffee cups. There seems..."

"In terms of recruitment the firm is genuinely committed to ethnic diversity and this..."

"I have had a good range of experience throughout my training contract, but the level..."

"We are one of, if not the, only firm in the City to have a dedicated pro bono department..."

"Internal support network and non-intimidating atmosphere"

"Long hours and extremely high expectations."

"After completing a summer vacation scheme at the firm, I found it to be somewhere..."

"As long as you're prepared to move to another location (around the UK), there are..."

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"International, friendly and the leading global-business law firm."

"I think that there should be a more social environment within the firm."

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