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

You apply for a summer / winter internship online.

Psychometric tests

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

Assessment day

You participate in a series of exercises and an interview at one of our offices.


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

Training contract

If successful, you are offered a training contract.

Further information

Step 1: Online application for the summer internship programme

Our application form is simple to complete. At this stage we want to know about your education, career motivations, and any relevant work experience. You can find some useful hints and tips about how to complete the form in the FAQ section below.

Step 2: Online tests

During the application process, you will complete two online assessments:

1) A verbal reasoning assessment designed to measure your ability to evaluate and interpret written information

2) A numerical reasoning assessment designed to measure your numerical ability to evaluate and interpret numerical data

Step 3: Assessment day

The final stage is an assessment centre where you will meet senior members of the DLA Piper team, learn more about our businesses, meet current graduates and participate in a series of exercises and an interview. This is a challenging part of the process but a good way for you to demonstrate your skills and capabilities. We know most people also find it fun and rewarding. You’ll learn a lot more about how well DLA Piper will fit with you, too.

We’ll be in touch as soon as we can after your assessment centre. Whatever the outcome, you’ll be offered feedback on your application at this stage so you take valuable learning from the experience. It's really important to us that you have a good experience throughout the whole assessment process.

Step 4: Internship

During your four week placement you'll be automatically assessed for a training contract.

  • Closing Date for Summer 2019 Internship: 31 December 2018

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.

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.


If you require adjustments at any stage of our application process please contact our Graduate Recruitment team (

Our team will then contact you to understand how we can support you in your application.