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- Applications to: Mrs Sally Carthy
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2017: 31/07/2015 Summer work placement: 31/01/2015 Spring work placement: 31/01/2015
|Number of work placements:||130|
|Minimum qualification:||ABB at A level or equivalent; 2.1 degree, any discipline|
|Start salary:||£40,000 (London), £26,500 (English Regions), £23,000 (Scotland)|
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Application details and method of selection
All DLA Piper training contract applications should be submitted online. We do not recruit on a rolling basis, and no interviews are offered until after the application deadline.
Firm description and career prospects
DLA Piper is a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.
In the UK, we provide full service legal advice from London and the major UK centres.
Unlike many law firms, we are organised to provide clients with a range of essential business advice, not just on large scale mergers and acquisitions and banking deals but also on people and employment, commercial dealings, litigation, insurance, real estate, IT, intellectual property and plans for restructuring.
We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people as our continued success relies on our ability to provide a supportive, inclusive and motivating environment where everyone has a role to play in supporting the delivery of outstanding service to our clients.
We offer exceptional career opportunities to our aspiring graduates, in an environment that is challenging, rewarding and, we believe, truly different from our competitors.
Where training contracts are secured prior to course completion, we fully fund the LPC and the GDL. We also offer maintenance grants of up to £7,000.
We offer 130 placements across our UK offices and use these to recruit our trainees. Participants spend time with two different departments and are fully immersed into life at DLA Piper. They are given real work to develop their legal and wider workplace skills, as well as demonstrate their ability. In addition they take part in work shadowing, court visits, bespoke presentations, group activities and social events with our trainees. The aim is that, by the end of the scheme, participants have a real feel for our work, clients and people.
Training contract programme
As we recruit two years in advance we developed 'The Pipeline', an online portal where future trainees can contact one another, read blogs from our current trainees, share stories and are kept up to date with news from the firm.
Upon joining the firm all trainees in the UK attend a residential induction course, which gives them the opportunity to network with colleagues and speak to senior people within the firm to learn more about our visions and values, before joining their respective offices.
Trainees then go on to complete four six-month seats and are given an opportunity to express what areas of law they would like to experience during their training contracts. They also have the opportunity to do a seat abroad, or a client secondment.
Our refreshing approach to learning and development where people are encouraged to take on early responsibility, combined with an open door policy, provides our trainees with an excellent foundation on which to build their careers.
After qualification our award winning training programme ensures that all employees are developed throughout their time at DLA Piper, as we believe in investing in the careers and reputation of our people.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield
A4ID, Bar Pro Bono Unit, Citizens Advice Bureau, i-Probono, LawWorks, London Legal Support Trust (LLST), PILnet (public interest law), Prince’s Trust, ProHelp, The Manuel Bravo Project, TrustLaw Connect, UnLtd
Diversity access schemes
Black Lawyers’ Directory, Pathways to Law, PRIME