Get the inside buzz from graduates at DLA Piper

7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2017)
"A leading global commercial law firm."
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...

"I would recommend candidates study for the interview in a way that involves a lot..."

"The teamwork and socialising between all people is great, everyone makes an effort..."

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

"A genuine open-door policy. Most, if not all, partners are accessible and happy to..."

"The dress code is business dress, although we do have numerous dress down days (usually..."

"Days are given in lieu after particularly busy periods and you can arrive late/leave..."

"We work similar hours to our London office on very similar projects. Our salary is..."

"We receive reduced Barbican tickets, a subsidised gym membership and a season ticket..."

"After completing an extensive application form, I had to go through two rounds of..."

"I was asked which other firms I had applied to and why, who I saw as DLA Piper's..."

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

"Fairly diverse for a law firm. Retention at junior level is good, less so at associate..."

"Great-quality work but sometimes you have very limited autonomy."

"There is a lot of opportunity for trainees to get involved in pro bono work: immigration..."

"Opportunities, people, resources."

"I don't like our underground canteen (although this is set to change when we move..."

"DLA attended an event for career changers called 'not too late for law' when I was..."

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

"A few of the offices now run yoga classes and language classes."

"Approachable, innovative and global."

"I think that six four month seats would be more beneficial to all trainees, as it..."

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