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DLA Piper UK graduates

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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2018)
"Energetic, commercial, smart."
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...

"The advice I would give to any candidate applying to DLA Piper is to be yourself...."

"Trainees share an office with their supervisor, who will either be a senior associate..."

"The training the firm provides is second to none and taken very seriously. All the..."

"This is very much hit and miss. I have been in teams where I have struggled to get..."

"Our offices are decent but definitely a bit old and in need of maintenance. We are..."

"It is difficult to make evening plans but the flexibility is dependent on your department...."

"DLA Piper offers a very competitive salary and performs annual reviews to ensure..."

"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..."

"There are lots of recycling trays and bins on the office floors. However, there is..."

"Ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented at the firm and women still make up..."

"This largely depends on the department you are in. Some departments have the capability..."

"The pro bono work we do is absolutely fantastic and there are opportunities to get..."

"The trainee intake is very friendly and diverse."

"The pay difference between the regions and London."

"It's a full-service law firm and very international with a reputation for friendliness...."

"If you are good then the firm will try to make the role you want available."

"Qualified lawyers can take part in mini-secondments to other offices (including international)..."

"DLA Piper is international, forward-thinking and pragmatic."

"Greater transparency on trainee seat moves and secondment applications."

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