Ready to shape your future with DLA Piper? Here’s everything you need to know about the next steps.

What we look for

Our people come from a diverse range of backgrounds. That's what sets us apart. By opening up a range of difference and unique perspectives, allows us to service our clients better.

You will need a strong academic record, and a real passion for developing a career as a lawyer. But it goes further than that…

Among other things, we'll be looking for candidates who are naturally inquisitive, have plenty of drive, and can show a genuine commitment to their chosen career path.

By bringing your authentic self to work every day, you'll have an instinct ability to build relationships with peers, colleagues and clients alike.

Application timeline

Apply online

Complete our online application form and upload a copy of your CV. This should showcase your achievements and experiences. You will then be asked to complete a response to a commercial awareness question. We don't require you to submit a cover letter. These are not reviewed.

Watson Glaser test

You complete two online tests which cover verbal reasoning and a numerical test.

Assessment day

If you are invited to an assessment day, you will take part in a series of exercises, including a partner interview, analysis presentation and a group exercise. There is no preparation required before you attend the assessment day.


During your 4 week placement you will be automatically assessed for a training contract.

Training contract

If successful, you are offered a training contract.

Application information

Academic requirements

We welcome applications from students in their penultimate year of law or a combined law degree who have achieved, or are expecting to achieve, a 2.1 classification (or equivalent) or GPA above 3.

Candidates also need excellent English and Chinese (written and spoken).

We will consider applicants who do not meet these academic standards if there are mitigating circumstances.

Application dates

Summer Internship Programme:

Applications for our 2021 programme are now closed. We will open applications for our 2022 programme in September 2021.

Graduate Programme (training contracts):

All vacancies for our 2021 and 2022 training contracts have been filled and as a result, we will not be opening for applications this year.

Important application information

If you have not met our academic standards and cannot provide any mitigating circumstances, your application will not be considered. All applicants will be contacted regarding the outcome of their application.

Providing your academic history

When submitting your education, please refer to official examination results and degree transcripts to ensure no errors are made. You will be asked to provide all copies of transcripts during the recruitment process.


Please note that we will not approach referees until an offer of a training contract has been made. Please only include details of someone that you have worked with in paid employment or internship. Alternatively, you could give a personal referee who has known you for a number of years.


We are committed to employing people with disability at DLA Piper. Our workforce is best when it draws on diverse skills and experiences.

We strongly encourage you to share any adjustments that will support your participation in our recruitment process. If you do share this with us, we can help with any reasonable adjustments or support you may need throughout the application process. The information you provide will only be reviewed by the graduate recruitment team and will not be shared further without your consent.

If you do require adjustments at any stage of our application process please share this information in your application form. Alternatively, please contact a member of the graduate recruitment team ( Our team will then contact you to understand how we can best support you.