DLA Piper UK graduates

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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2018)
"DLA Piper is international, forward-thinking and pragmatic."
8.1 / 10
Formal Training
7.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.2 / 10
6.9 / 10
8.1 / 10
7.5 / 10
Pro Bono
8.7 / 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 trainees are given minimum targets.


  • 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...

"Research the firm, its goals and sectors (as well as practice groups). Expect to..."

"There is a non-hierarchical structure and an open-door policy in the office. Teams..."

"Training programmes are organised through the training/HR department, they're taken..."

"There is a large database of training materials for each department on our intranet..."

"DLA Piper is soon to be moving to a brand new office based in Aldersgate, which will..."

"Usually 8.45 am till about 6.30 pm on a normal day for most departments. Busy times..."

"The pay is excellent for the region, although disproportionately lower than London...."

"The social committee put on some great events, such as the free private cinema screening..."

"I was interviewed on the vacation scheme. For the vac scheme there was an application..."

"I was told to pitch the firm to a client in five minutes. I was asked: why DLA? Why..."

"I'd say that way too much disposable and unnecessary plastic gets used."

"We have recently had a rebrand of the firm's LGBT network, Iris, and hosted an international..."

"I'm very satisfied. My days are varied and challenging but also very rewarding and..."

"I worked on a project with the NDCS (appealing wrongful revocation of disability..."

"The friendly ethos and the high standard of client and work."

"Inevitably there are long hours in corporate and finance departments."

"The firm's innovation in the legal industry, excellent regional reputation and international..."

"The retention rate in Leeds was 100% this year."

"We have offices in over 30 countries."

"Friendly, ambitious and respected."

"Perhaps an increase in client-facing work where possible."

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