Get the inside buzz from graduates at DLA Piper

7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2017)
"International, aspirational, commercially minded."
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.

What insiders say about...

"There is a vacation scheme at the firm, where if your application is successful,..."

"Even though the firm is one of the largest in the world, the office culture on a..."

"We have a lot of training sessions throughout the year (at least two a month) and..."

"I have found members of the firm extremely accessible. Of course there are certain..."

"There are modern, spacious offices at DLA Piper, and they are always in prime city..."

"The firm is keen for you to manage your own workload. If you need to leave for appointments..."

"Salary is one of the highest in Scotland."

"There's great healthcare and a recent increase to annual leave means we now receive..."

"There was a comprehensive application form and an assessment day for the vacation..."

"What does a lawyer do? What skills can you bring to the firm? Can you talk about..."

"Personally, I did not come across anything like this during my training contract..."

"Ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented at the firm and women still make up..."

"Trainees are given a large amount of client contact in all departments, both face-to-face..."

"They have a dedicated pro bono team in the London office and pro bono champions in..."

"The firm is innovative and exciting to work for: with an excellent culture and support..."

"Scottish trainees are not able to express a preference for a particular Scottish..."

"The international reach of the firm and the opportunities this brings to work abroad..."

"It is hard to say because it differs from year to year but our retention rates are..."

"The Litigation Department has a drinks trolley every Friday evening which is fairly..."

"Impressive, dynamic and powerful."

"Increase regional salary across the board to align more with London salaries."

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