Get the inside buzz from graduates at DLA Piper

7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, international and innovative."
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...

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"Trainees often work London hours without the London pay. Furthermore, the hours worked..."

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"Quite poor in my opinion. I think this is due to taking on too many trainees."

"We have offices in over 30 countries."

"A global mid-market giant."

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