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DLA Piper UK graduates

2021 UK Summer Internship

Job/scheme locations: 
Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield
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DLA Piper is one of the world’s leading business law firms. With over 90 offices in more than 40 countries, the firm provides seamless local and cross-border advice. The firm believes great businesses can make a better world. That's why, every day, DLA Piper helps its clients succeed.

DLA Piper's progressive mindset challenges conventions and evolves its global legal offering into broader advisory services and new business areas. Through the firm's deep industry knowledge, technological solutions, and diversity of thought and experience, clients embrace change and seize opportunities.

DLA Piper’s ten sector groups cover the full range of business law services. Clients include multinationals, startups, public sector bodies and governments. Across the two leading legal directories, the firm has over 2,726 lawyer rankings, and over 1277 practice group/sector rankings. The firm’s global pro bono practice contributed over 205,000 pro bono hours in 2019 alone. Throughout its six year partnership with UNICEF, the firm has donated pro bono legal services in excess of USD6.5 million to support UNICEF’s work on issues such as child marriage, birth registration, transitional justice and international protection standards.

The firms' entrepreneurial and supportive culture promotes bold, ambitious thinking and a warm, empathetic approach. Trusting, collaborative relationships with clients and each other are at the heart of everything it does.


We provide cutting-edge learning and development programmes, and an opportunity to work alongside some of the best legal minds around.

We are offering internship opportunities across our seven UK offices:

  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield

As an intern, you can expect a varied experience both in and outside the office. You will work in a creative, dynamic environment with some of the best legal professionals in the world, gaining first-hand experience doing real legal work.

The internship is three weeks in duration, commencing with a week-long induction programme in the firm's London office. The induction programme will give you the opportunity to hear from the firm's senior leaders, to participate in professional skills training, to attend networking events and to participate in responsible business activities.

You will spend the second and third weeks of the internship undertaking work experience placements in two of the firm's practice groups. The internship also has daily practice group insight sessions and thought leadership seminars.

All 2021 Interns will automatically be assessed for a 2023 Graduate position (training contract). You must apply for an internship in the office you intend to start your career as a graduate.

We welcome applications from international students. If you are an international student, please review the following and ensure you meet the application criteria. If you do not meet the application criteria below, your application will be unsuccessful:

  • Tier 4 student visa
  • Penultimate year of a 3-year law undergraduate degree


  • Final year of a non-law undergraduate degree

Apply now and be part of our future.

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