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DLA Piper UK graduates


Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at DLA Piper

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 22 ratings in 2019)
"Fun and fast-paced with good quality work."
8.7 / 10
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.1 / 10
6.3 / 10
7.2 / 10
7.6 / 10
Pro Bono
8.4 / 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 trainees are given minimum targets.


  • Some feel there could be more focus on ensuring trainees get the seats they want.
  • 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...."

"There is a friendly and sociable culture at the firm. All levels of lawyers are encouraged..."

"A really thorough training scheme is delivered, usually by external presenters who..."

"Supervisors are caring and interested on the whole, they are all committed to seeing..."

"Our office is across two buildings, which can be annoying, and the canteen is dark..."

"Hours vary from department to department. It's not the hours themselves but the unpredictability..."

"Regional pay is very good for Manchester. International secondees no longer receive..."

"Able to use city centre car park at weekends, bi-annual drinks firm-wide and department..."

"I was hired in 2007. There were two rounds: one interview and then a second round..."

"There was lots of situational questions which would ask what you would do in certain..."

"Most files are paperless but some people still do too much printing."

"There is a big and continued push to raise awareness and inclusivity."

"There's a good quality of work and the team is always keen to get you involved, although..."

"There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in, both globally and in local..."

"The positive culture and supportive teams."

"You can feel lost in the big wheel in some of the larger departments at the trainee..."

"The good-quality work with the potential for international experience without having..."

"The initial retention rate at the close of my new qualifier process was only two..."

"We have offices in over 30 countries."

"An ambitious, innovative and practical thinking firm that provides services to clients..."

"I think that there should be more flexibility to move within the offices throughout..."

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