Graduate blog


Clodagh, an incoming Birmingham Class of 2019 graduate, shares her experiences of applying directly to the Birmingham Graduate Programme

My journey to becoming a Trainee Solicitor with DLA Piper started during the summer of 2015 when I participated in the Summer Internship in the Birmingham office.

During the programme, I was fortunate enough to undertake work within the Real Estate Planning and Intellectual Property and Technology departments. I gained invaluable experience in assisting with tasks such as collating boundary information from the Land Registry for road developments and drafting letters before action for breach of copyright. However, aside from enhancing general legal skills, I was also actively encouraged to engage with colleagues across the firm in a variety of social and networking activities. Representing this global law firm in a city netball tournament was definitely an unexpected highlight!

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Megan, an incoming Edinburgh Class of 2020 graduate, gives an insight into her experiences on the 2018 Summer Internship

I thoroughly enjoyed my time during the summer internship and it confirmed that DLA Piper was the firm I wanted to train at and forge my legal career with. I feel fortunate to have met hugely impressive and inspiring people, and I would start my training contract yesterday if I could. I want to share my experience by talking about the culture of the firm, the induction and my two weeks in the Edinburgh office.

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Amelia shares her experiences of the work experience placements she undertook on the Summer Internship in the Sheffield office

My experiences of the Real Estate and Employment practice groups were the highlight of my summer internship at DLA Piper. On my first morning in the Real Estate team, I was led to my desk where I was to sit next to a partner for the week. This naturally made me feel nervous as I felt that I was under increased pressure to perform. However, this was far from the reality.

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