Formal Training

8.1 / 10

(based on 40 ratings in 2016)


"A really thorough training scheme is delivered, usually by external presenters who are engaging and knowledgeable. Also, lots of training at the start of a new seat with fellow trainees."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Excellent training. Departmental training and trainee specific training is provided. At the start of each seat trainees are given training on the typical tasks we will be required to complete in the seat."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"We have a mandatory graduate academy prior to starting our training. This involves professional skills courses and general information about the firm. In every seat we have an induction programme and training sessions to inform us about the nature of the seat and the kind of work to expect. There are regular training sessions organised by the graduate team and department leaders."
First year trainee, London
"The induction week at Crewe is excellent in terms of completing many of the compulsory training modules required by the law society. During the training contract, however, the focus on department-specific training varies from seat to seat with some hosting UK-wide video conferences twice-monthly and others having very little training at all."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"When you move departments during your training contract there is a concerted effort to induct new trainees into the work. This involves group-wide training sessions in other offices, which also give you a good chance to catch up with other trainees from around the country."
First year trainee, Birminghham
"There is an excellent training programme. There's induction training where trainees from across the country are brought together at the start of the training contract and then again for each new department. There's also a wide range of training during your seat on both an office and national level."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Training is really highly rated. They organise a week-long residential training for the trainees and it's a fantastic time to just focus on training before the job starts. Departmental training is also a key focus for teams but it can vary in terms of quality and relevance – especially if it's given by an outside provider. All DLA training is of a very high standard."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The firm has an extremely comprehensive induction week that takes place in Crewe Hall and is attended by all of the UK trainees. This is then supported by continued departmental and firm-wide training throughout the training contract."
First year trainee, London
"The volume and quality of training can differ somewhat between departments. By and large training is led by professional support lawyers who know their stuff and can provide really insightful and practical knowledge and guidance."
Second year trainee, London
"For new trainees, DLA hosts a residential week at a hotel for the UK and Hong Kong trainees. This is a great way to meet other trainees and to study some of the professional skills course subjects in an informal setting."
Second year trainee, Manchester


"The firm runs a week-long induction at the start of the training contract, where various parts of the Professional Skills Courses are completed. There is then additional training for trainees at the start of every seat move, and departmental training throughout your seat. We have also been offered training in various soft skills, such as: communication and negotiation, assertion and presentation skills."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Every team ensure that lawyers are kept up-to-date in developments with regard to training, and they will also offer trainee-focused inductions to help trainees understand their work, and what is expected of them in the seat."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a lot of training sessions throughout the year (at least two a month) and they are all practical. There are a wide range of other training sessions you can sign up to through our intranet."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"We have departmental training sessions for trainees at the start of each seat where the trainees from all of the UK offices often get together at one location or over Lync software. Also throughout my time in both real estate and corporate I found the regular departmental training very useful."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Training is absolutely outstanding at DLA Piper. We are supported throughout the training contract with regular training: both area specific training and more general 'business of law' and personal development training."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"The training I received as DLA Piper was in depth and well organised, and I feel that it has given me a great basis to build my legal career on."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
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