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DLA Piper UK LLP

  • Up to 70 vacancies
  • 140 trainees
  • 1300 partners
  • 8500 staff

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More info

All DLA Piper training contract and internship applications should be submitted online. We recruit on a rolling basis.


Applications to

Graduate Recruitment

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Psychometric testing

DLA Piper is one of the world's leading business law firms. As a trusted advisor to clients, it delivers quality, consistency and value, helping them achieve their goals. With over 90 offices across more than 40 countries, the firm provides seamless local and cross-border advice.

DLA Piper's ten sector groups cover the full range of business law services, and provide insight on industry trends, opportunities and challenges. Clients include multinationals, emerging companies, public sector bodies and governments. Across the two leading legal directories, the firm has over 2,400 lawyer rankings, and over 1,200 practice group/sector rankings

DLA Piper is progressive, innovative and responsible. Through its global non-profit initiative, the firm contributed over 200,000 pro bono hours in 2017 alone, supporting under-served regions on access to justice, social and economic development, and women's advancement. The firm has also pledged US$6.5 million to UNICEF to improve child justice.

People are the heart of DLA Piper. By making diversity and inclusion core principles, the firm fosters a culture of mutual respect, where everyone is valued as an individual.

DLA Piper is looking for ambitious, capable and forward-thinking graduates from any degree discipline to join its journey. Graduates will be based in one of the firm's seven UK offices: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

DLA Piper has the following practice groups: corporate, employment, finance and projects, intellectual property and technology, litigation and regulatory, real estate restructuring, tax.

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

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 £8,000.

There are 100 internship places offered by DLA Piper across the firm's seven UK offices. The scheme is three weeks in duration, commencing with a week-long induction programme in the firm's London office. The induction programme gives students 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.

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

During their two-year training contract, graduates will complete four six-month rotations, and the majority will undertake an international or client secondment. As part of DLA Piper's future, all graduates are given the resources and opportunities to build an exciting, fulfilling career.

  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Finance & projects
  • Intellectual property & technology
  • Litigation & regulatory
  • Real estate
  • Restructuring
  • tax
  • Client secondments
  • International secondments
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

160 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4HT
Phone: 020 7349 0296
Email: graduaterecruitment@dlapiper.com
Web: www.dlapipergraduates.com
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 100
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, any discipline
Start salary: £45,000 (London), £28,000 (non-London)
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Turnover: £1,400,000,000 (2012)
Profit per partner: £766,000 (2012)
Starting salary: £45,000
Training contract applications: 3,900 (2014)
Retention rate: 83% (2012)
Partner diversity:
  • 79.3% male (2016)
  • 20.7% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 45.1% male (2016)
  • 54.9% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Charities
  • Insurance companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Retail outlets
  • Sporting bodies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Bangkok
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Helsinki
  • Hong Kong
  • Madrid
  • Melbourne
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Oslo
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Stockholm
  • Sydney
  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • 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
  • York Law School Clinic
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Pathways to Law
  • PRIME
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall
  • Sutton Trust
  • Urban Lawyers Careers Conference