- Applications to: Mrs Sally Carthy
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2016: 31/07/2014 Summer work placement: 31/01/2014 Spring work placement: 31/01/2014
|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)|
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.
We offer full payment of fees for the GDL and LPC, plus a maintenance grant of up to £7,000.
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
Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield
A4ID, Bar Pro Bono Unit, BPP Legal Advice Clinic, Citizens Advice Bureau, Free Representation Unit, Hillside Legal Advice Clinic, i-Probono, London Legal Support Trust (LLST), Mary Ward Legal Advice Centre, 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