Get the inside buzz from graduates at DLA Piper

7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2017)
"A global firm with a local feel."
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 summer scheme and an assessment day (half day) or you can have an initial..."

"There is an open-door policy operated throughout the firm and all levels of fee earners..."

"The firm runs a week-long induction at the start of the training contract, where..."

"Feedback is given formally at the mid- and end-mark of the seats. There is also a..."

"We have excellent views and good transport links nearby. There's no gym and only..."

"Standard work hours are 9.00 am – 5.30 pm but it's quite rare to leave on time...."

"The general pay is good for our location but considerably lower than London."

"We have a drinks trolley on Fridays in the cafe. There are great social activities..."

"I was interviewed to achieve a place on the firm's vacation scheme. For the TC, I..."

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

"I see that there are recycling bins everywhere throughout the firm, but I did not..."

"The firm has an excellent diversity profile when it comes to recruiting. However,..."

"There has been a great level of responsibility and client interaction on a day-to-day..."

"We have a team dedicated to pro bono work with a partner, senior associate and associate...."

"Atmosphere, approachable staff, diversity of departments to do seats in, good work/life..."

"At the junior end, it's sometimes hard to get exposure to the big picture of a deal..."

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

"The retention rates are overall quite good here, but I found the application and..."

"The Liverpool office building is often used as a New York location for films."

"Friendly and approachable with fantastic work."

"More focus on support and pastoral care and less emphasis on self-reliance and self-development...."

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