Get the inside buzz from graduates at DLA Piper

8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 52 ratings in 2016)
"A geographically diverse firm, which is still growing into its role as the world's largest law firm."
8.1 / 10
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
7.3 / 10
7.6 / 10
7.8 / 10
Pro Bono
9.4 / 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 offers many opportunities to get involved.


  • 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 noticeable lower than London.
  • High expectations and early responsibility can make some trainees feel pressured.

What insiders say about...

"DLA Piper is looking for candidates with a strong academic background, a passion..."

"Open-door policy from associate to partner level. People are very social and often..."

"Formal training for trainees is taken seriously. There is a weeklong graduate induction..."

"Receive informal training every day. All members of the team provide assistance...."

"The Manchester office is split over two buildings that are next to each other. This..."

"Some of the hours can be terrible, especially in corporate. The corporate team does..."

"I think that Scottish salaries are low when compared to our English counterparts,..."

"Breakfast cereal and toast are available in the office for free every morning until..."

"After the initial application, there were three rounds to the recruitment process...."

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

"The firm switches off lights at 8pm but much more could be done – few people switch..."

"The Women’s Network, recently established to support talented female lawyers to..."

"I am currently on client secondment with a key client of the firm, so I have experienced..."

"We are one of, if not the, only firm in the City to have a dedicated pro bono department..."

"The positive culture and supportive teams."

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

"I met associates at one of my university's law fairs, and walked away thinking that..."

"With the number of trainees that we have, the majority do manage to get new qualifier..."

"It recently opened an office in Johannesburg."

"Friendly, high-quality work, great training."

"Ensure supervisors are thorough in completing feedback, it can be frustrating chasing..."