DLA Piper Graduate Careers
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The AllAboutLaw perspective on DLA Piper
DLA Piper is a truly multinational law firm, with 90 offices in 40 countries. There are lawyers working from Argentina and Angola to Australia, allowing trainees to learn about how a global law firm operates, as well as the challenges of navigating different legal jurisdictions and time zones. Trainees will be able to meet these lawyers via international seats all over the world, as well as during the London-based induction for trainees worldwide.
You may assume the multitude of offices that the firm has means that the focus lies on expansion as opposed to focusing on existing offices. This could not be further from the truth. Out of 50 firms, DLA Piper’s training contract was ranked the best at the AllAboutLaw Awards. Despite the firm’s global reach, trainees are “struck by how friendly, collaborative and approachable we are.”
Current and past trainees have also praised the hands-on approach of the graduate recruitment team as well as the “culture of the firm,” giving trainees “an engaging environment to work in and opportunities to develop your network.” You will learn from the best of the best, with 1,000 of the firm’s lawyers being leaders in their fields.
DLA Piper is committed to supporting their community, with firm completing over 245,000 hours of pro bono work in 2020. Past experiences include representing over 50 asylum seekers living in the Napier Barracks and working with Space for Giants to protect landscapes and elephants in Africa. The firm has also pledged to support the environment, promising to reduce their energy consumption by 20% by 2025, as well as divert 95% of their waste from landfills.
What the firm says
DLA Piper has an incredible success story, going from a small law firm formed in 2005 to now having trebled its size. It now works with a variety of household names: helping Vodafone acquire a large cable operator in a €7.2 billion deal (£6.1 billion), providing assistance to Uber with setting up real estate and even advising the Premier League on broadcasting rights.
DLA Piper covers eight different practice groups, ranging from real estate to intellectual property, yet helping big companies is not their sole focus. With core values of: “be bold, be collaborative, be supportive, be exceptional,” lawyers are required to do 35 hours of pro bono work. The firm even gives out global scholarships to high performing law students in developing countries, and provides them with free tuition, internships and employability skills workshops.
- 1st year trainee: London£46,000
- 1st year trainee: Regional£30,000
- 2nd year trainee: London£51,000
- 2nd year trainee: Regional £33,000
- GDL course fees paidYes
- GDL living costs grant£10,000
- GDL living costs grantRegional £7,000
- Retention rateUndisclosed
- UK Offices6
- NQ salary: London£95,000
- NQ salary: Regional£65,000
- Winner - Best Law Firm
- Winner - Best First Year Opportunities
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