Opportunities

Work with brilliant lawyers. Develop your industry expertise. Experience life in a different culture. At DLA Piper, the possibilities are limitless.

Graduate program

We offer graduate programs in all our Australian offices and have one intake each year in February.

The graduate program starts with an induction, designed to ease you in and get you acquainted with the firm. Within the first six months, you’ll also attend a two-day event at our Career Academy, where you’ll meet and network with graduates from across our Australian offices.

The program itself will see you undertaking rotations in different practice groups. This will see you work alongside people at all levels of the business, including partners. As an integral member of the team, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and make a real contribution from the outset.

While much of your learning will be done on the job, you’ll also receive formal business skills training. This will develop your abilities in areas such as networking, business development, commercial awareness and financial management.

Secondments

During the Graduate Program, we offer you the opportunity to apply for an international secondment. This usually lasts for six months and gives you the opportunity to work in one of DLA Piper's overseas offices. As well as experiencing life in a different country, you'll develop your legal knowledge in another jurisdiction and grow your professional networks across the firm.

Bangkok

"Bangkok is a great city to live and work in. The office is mostly made up of native Thai lawyers rather than expats, so I was able to experience first-hand how commercial law matters are conducted in the country." – Eleanor Purves, Associate

Hong Kong

"Hong Kong often acts as a hub to coordinate multi-jurisdictional projects, so I worked frequently with other offices in the Asia-Pacific region. The experience was illuminating. I learned a lot about the intricacies of other legal systems." – Liam Blackford

London

"My secondment gave me excellent exposure. I was able to attend lots of client meetings, which is something I really wanted to do. I also loved being in a new environment and business culture. The whole experience was illuminating." – Michelle Wong, Associate

Singapore

"I was drawn to Singapore because it offers opportunities to be involved in deals spanning Asia, Australia and the Middle East. The experience has more than met my expectations. You’d be hard pressed to find a more welcoming, inclusive and motivated team of lawyers." – Ed Moys, Trainee

Clerkships

The best way to secure a place on our graduate program is to do a clerkship first. Not only will this give you a feel for commercial law in practice, it will give you an insight into what makes DLA Piper unique.

During the clerkship, you'll do more than just shadow our lawyers. You'll be given real responsibilities. Whether you're attending a court hearing, contributing to a client meeting or assisting a large corporate transaction, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to reach your potential.

At the same time, you'll start building your networks. As well as meeting with partners and other senior lawyers, you'll have regular contact with the other clerks through social activities. Information sessions about our practice areas will further enhance your knowledge and understanding.

Summer clerkships are offered in all our offices, as well as winter clerkships in select locations. While your clerkship experience will be similar between offices, the length and structure of the individual programs may vary.

If you have questions on our clerkships, please contact us.

Timetables

Please see dates below for graduate programs and seasonal clerkships per city.

Brisbane

Graduate program

Applications open Applications close Interviews commence Offers made Start date
N/A N/A N/A Priority offers will be made on 23 February 2017 to candidates who participated in our 2016/2017
clerkship program.
19 February 2018

Seasonal clerkships

Application dates (for 2017 program)

Clerkship program Applications open Applications close Offers made Decisions returned

All intakes

27 February 2017

9am 20 March 2017

8 May 2017

5pm 9 May 2017

Melbourne

Graduate program

Applications open Applications close Interviews commence Offers made Start date
N/A N/A N/A Priority offers will be made between 10am 8 August 2017 and 12pm 9 August 2017 to candidates who participated in our 2016/2017 clerkship program. 19 February 2018

Seasonal clerkships

Application dates

Clerkship program Applications open Applications close Interviews commence Offers made

All intakes

10 July 2017 13 August 2017  11:59pm on 13 August 2017 12 October 2017
 
Perth

Graduate program

Applications open Applications close
Offers made
Start date

N/A

N/A

Priority offers will be made at 9am 28 July 2017 to candidates who participated in our 2016/2017 clerkship program.

19 February 2018

Seasonal clerkships

Application dates

Clerkship program Applications open Applications close Interviews commence
Offers made
All intakes 17 July 2017 11:59pm on 4 August 2017 August 2017  22 September 2017 
Sydney

Graduate program

Applications open Applications close
Interviews commence Offers made Start date
N/A N/A N/A Priority offers will be made on 30 March 2017 to candidates who participated in our 2016/2017 clerkship program. 19 February 2018

Seasonal clerkships

Application dates

Clerkship program Applications open Applications close Interviews commence Offers made Decisions returned
Summer intakes 15 June 2017 11.59pm 16 July 2017 15 August 2017  4 October 2017 5pm 6 October 2017

 

What our people say

"The summer clerkship scheme gave me a real insight into the culture of the firm. I was treated like a trainee for two weeks, and had lots of opportunities to ask questions. I had an interview for a training contract on my last day, and have now qualified into the Litigation practice."

Luke Mooney, Associate

At DLA Piper, we are committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, inclusive and accessible workplace to assist us meet our people and business objectives. Consequently, diversity and inclusion are:

  • embedded in our values when working with our clients, our people, our communities and in our workplace culture, and
  • designed to support the firm's vision to be the leading global business law firm.

Diversity refers to the unique characteristics, experiences, backgrounds, skills and attributes that each of us bring to the firm including legally protected characteristics such as age, gender, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation. It is the diversity of our people that leads to the diversity of thought, perspectives and creative solutions which are essential to operating in a global, ever changing and agile business environment.

Our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies not only focus on the elimination of discrimination and harassment in the workplace but also recognise that different people have different needs at different times in their lives. EEO is therefore not about treating people the same or making stereotypical assumptions about people; it is about ensuring that our policies and practices treat people on an equitable basis so there is a level playing field to achieve equal opportunities.