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DLA Piper UK LLP MyLocker firm


Vacancies: 80
Trainees: 160
Partners: 1300
Staff: 8500
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 130
Minimum qualification: ABB at A level or equivalent; 2.1 degree, any discipline
Start salary: £37,000 (London), £25,000 (English Regions), £22,000 (Scotland)
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC

Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to DLA Piper UK LLP.

Application details and method of selection

All application should be made online via the website.

We will begin recruiting for our 2014 summer schemes in November, and the deadline will be 31 January 2014 for applications to England. The deadline for applications to Scotland are to be confirmed.

The application form for training contracts commencing in 2016 will be available from in April 2014.

Firm description and career prospects

DLA Piper is one of the world's largest law firms, supporting clients across the globe with their legal and business needs. They now have 4,200 lawyers working in over 70 offices, across more than 30 countries in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. Their vision is to be the leading global business law firm, delivering quality value-added services to their clients, both internationally and locally. Clients include international household name companies, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises, public bodies and governments. This means that lawyers at the firm work on a variety of interesting, high-quality deals and matters, that are cutting-edge.

DLA Piper feel that their success depends on their people, therefore they place a real emphasis and importance on the trainee recruitment process. The firm has been awarded a commendation for its diversity initiatives and policies, proving a commitment to recruiting and developing people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

DLA Piper welcomes applications from students from all degree disciplines, who have demonstrated consistent academic excellence. In addition they seek ambitious, enthusiastic and committed individuals, whose good communication and analytical skills enable them to deal with the intellectual challenges of the job.

To find out what it is like to work at DLA Piper UK LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.


We offer full payment of fees for the GDL and LPC, plus a maintenance grant of up to £7,000.

Work placements

DLA Piper offers a formal, paid summer scheme, which runs between June and August each year. There are approximately 150 places available across the UK. The schemes last for two weeks and are designed to give a full insight into life at DLA Piper.Attendees sit in two departments, for a week each and get in involved with real client work. The firm organises a number of presentations, workshops and social activities to give students the opportunity to speak to people from all levels of the business.

People who are on the summer scheme are assessed for a training contract during the second week of the scheme. The assessment day consists of a number of activities, including an interview, presentation and written exercises.

Applications for the summer scheme should be made online via the graduate recruitment website.

Training contract programme

Training at DLA Piper starts from the moment you accept their offer, as they want to ensure that you feel part of the firm when you start your training contract. Therefore all future trainees have access to the online portal, 'Inside DLA Piper', where they are kept up to date with news from wherever they are in the world. Upon starting their training contracts, trainees from across the globe attend a comprehensive residential induction, following which they will undertake four six-month seats in different areas of the firm.

Trainees are given an opportunity to express what areas they would like to experience and also have the opportunity to do a seat abroad, or a client secondment. If you want responsibility, you will be given as much as you can handle and your progress will be monitored via regular performance reviews and informal feedback. Trainees benefit from working closely with people at all levels of the business, as well as having client contact and continuous departmental training.

Trainees are also encouraged to take part in business development and corporate responsibility initiatives to develop their professional skills and networks. All of this combined provides trainees with an excellent grounding on which to build their legal careers.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial

Work areas


Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield

Probono initiatives

A4ID, BPP Legal Advice Clinic, Citizens Advice Bureau, Free Representation Unit, Hillside Legal Advice Clinic, i-Probono, Own It, PILnet (public interest law), Prince’s Trust, ProHelp, Refugee Council, Save the Children, Sonali Gardens Legal Advice Centre, The Manuel Bravo Project, The National Pro Bono Centre, TrustLaw Connect, UnLtd

Diversity access schemes

Black Lawyers’ Directory, Pathways to Law, PRIME


Turnover: £1,400,000,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £766,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £37,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 4,050 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 83% (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 79.3% male (2013)
  • 20.7% female
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 45.1% male (2013)
  • 54.9% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Retail outlets
Has overseas secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Overseas secondments:
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Bangkok
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Moscow
  • Perth
  • Singapore
  • Sydney


You can read more news about DLA Piper UK LLP here.


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Two more enter the A4L open vac scheme stable

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Preparing mature students and career changers for the solicitors' profession

  • Organiser: The Law Society
  • Date: 21/10/2014
  • Location: London
  • Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
  • Time: 15:00
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Preparing BAME students for the solicitors' profession

  • Organiser: The Law Society
  • Date: 23/10/2014
  • Location: London
  • Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
  • Time: 12:00
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Manchester law fair

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Meet the Lawyer



  • Jack Randles

After an exciting training contract which involved a secondment to Hong Kong, Jack Randles qualified into DLA Piper's intellectual property department. Read on for more about trade marks, copyright, patents and everything else that a career in IP entails.

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Read on to find out about the strong foundations that form the basis of DLA Piper’s expansive international outlook.

Meet the Recruiter



  • Catherine Knight

In another life, DLA Piper’s Catherine Knight could have spent her days planning dream weddings. Thankfully, she instead turned her organisational flair to helping aspiring lawyers fulfil their dreams. Read on for her words of legal wisdom.

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Award Winner

LC.N Awards Winner 2011


We’re a massively broad firm in terms of geography, practice areas and clients, whom we can't service to the best of our ability unless we have a diverse workforce. So that has to be central to recruitment.