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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."
  • 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.
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

What insiders say about...

"I think DLA looks for people that everyone would want to work with. Not only do they..."

"The working environment is very open and non-hierarchical with an "open-door" policy...."

"Training programmes are organised at different levels. Trainees are asked to take..."

"Depends on the department but I've found that solicitors are willing to give feedback..."

"The office space varies greatly between departments. There are some very spacious..."

"I tend to work 9:00am-6:00pm. Trainees are expected to work until they are needed..."

"Trainee pay is on the market level, whereas I think that the firm lags behind significantly..."

"There is a generous events budget at the firm, so frequent social events are a perk..."

"I had an interview for the vac scheme and on the scheme then had a number of business..."

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

"Good recycling facilities except for the number of paper coffee cups. There seems..."

"Seems pretty flexible on maternity leave and child care. No obvious issues surrounding..."

"As trainees in the regional offices of the firm we are part of smaller teams, so..."

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

"There's a large support network for graduates."

"Hours can be long, regional salary is far behind London even though the work is exactly..."

"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."

"Every year at the Crewe induction week there is a themed evening where trainees and..."

"Integrated, forward-thinking, down-to-earth."

"There should be greater choice with seat moves, as trainees have to give three choices..."

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