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DLA Piper UK LLP

  • Up to 70 vacancies
  • 125 trainees
  • 1300 partners
  • 9000 staff

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More info

To apply for a role at DLA Piper, please take a look at our website as all 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. 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, start-ups, public sector bodies and governments. Across the two leading legal directories, the firm has over 3,567 lawyer rankings, and over 1,440 practice group/sector rankings. DLA Piper has a world-leading global pro bono practice, with lawyers working across Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America. In 2020, the firm contributed 227,508 hours of pro bono legal services globally. Internationally, the firm focus on displaced people. Their practice is uniquely placed to work to protect the rights of refugees, displaced people and those who are stateless, with a particular focus on supporting the most vulnerable groups, including women, children and members of the LGBT+ community.

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.

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 UK offices: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and the North West (Manchester and Liverpool).

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.

There are 100 internship places offered by DLA Piper across the firm's 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.

At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.

Agile working

We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

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 £10,000.

  • 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: [email protected]
Web: www.dlapipergraduates.com
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 100
Minimum qualification: No minimum degree requirements
Start salary: £46,000 (London), £30,000 (non-London)
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Turnover: £1,400,000,000 (2012)
Profit per partner: £766,000 (2012)
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
  • Dublin
  • Frankfurt
  • Helsinki
  • Hong Kong
  • Madrid
  • Melbourne
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Oslo
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Stockholm
  • Sydney
  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Sheffield
  • A4ID
  • Advocate
  • 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
  • MyPlus Consulting
  • Pathways to Law
  • PRIME
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall
  • Sutton Trust
  • upReach Law Springboard
  • Urban Lawyers Careers Conference