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Training Contract

  • Places: up to 70

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 100

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 4000+




DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

Unlike many law firms, DLA Piper is 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, plans for restructuring and tax. It has a comprehensive, award winning client relationship management programme and the brand is built upon local legal excellence and global capability.

DLA Piper has the following practice groups: Corporate, Employment, Finance and Projects, Intellectual Property and Technology, Litigation and Regulatory, Real Estate Restructuring, Tax.

Training Contract

Training contract positions are offered in the firm's seven UK offices.

DLA Piper trainees are also provided a once in a lifetime opportunity when they complete an International Graduate Induction in London with their global counterparts! They experience a full week of inspiring key note speakers, networking events responsible business activities and professional skills training.

Trainees then complete four six-month seats and are given an opportunity to express the 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.

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.

Vacation Scheme

There are 100 vacation scheme places offered by DLA Piper across the firm's 7 UK offices. The scheme is 3 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, as well as regular social events.

Salary & Benefits

Where training contracts are secured prior to course completion, the firm fully funds the LPC and the GDL.  We also offer  maintenance grants of up to £8,000 depending on the geographic location of study.

First year trainee salaries range from £28,000 (all offices outside of London) to £45,000 (London) . The NQ salaries for 2018 were £75,000 (London) and £42,000 (all offices outside of London).

Annual benefits include 28 days holiday, pension scheme, private medical insurance, permanent health insurance, life assurance, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, social club, sports teams, subsidised gym membership, subsidised restaurant and discounts at local retailers.


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.

We are looking for highly talented people who can demonstrate an affinity with our values to help us achieve our vision of becoming the leading global business law firm. Within our trainee cohort we need a diverse group of talented individuals who have a consistently strong academic performance, formidable commercial acumen, who are articulate, ambitious, driven with sharp minds, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity. 

In return, we offer a dynamic and diverse environment in which people can build a long and fruitful career and have their success rewarded.

Degree: All degree disciplines are considered

Minimum Class of Degree Required: 2.1

A-levels: A, B, B (from three A-levels, not including General Studies)

Highers: At least five highers in the A - B band

IB: 35 points from the six chosen subjects


AllAboutLaw Awards 2018

Winner - Best Training Contract 

Winner - Best Training Contract - International or City Firm

Winner - Best for Job Satisfaction

Winner - Best Opportunities for Skills Development - Training Contract


Application forms should be completed and submitted online at dlapipergraduates.com.