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

Insight Programme

Our Insight Programme is open to both law and non-law students. It's designed to give you an insight into life at a global commercial law firm.

The programme includes:

  • An insight to DLA Piper, our practice groups and innovation in the legal sector
  • An interactive case study that brings the organisation to life
  • Professional skills training including advice on how to excel in our selection process
  • The opportunity to meet with senior representatives and current trainees

Through participating in the Insight Programme you will have the opportunity to make a priority application for the firm’s Summer Internship in the Dublin office.

Am I eligible?

  • Studying a law degree: you can apply for the programme if you are a first-year student on a three year course or a second-year student on a four year course
  • Studying a non-law degree: you can apply for the programme if you are in your penultimate year of study

Our 2022 programme will be hosted in-person at our London office and will run in the Easter academic break.

Reasonable expenses (for example for travel) are offered to all programme participants. Accommodation and a subsistence allowance is provided to those that cannot reasonably commute to our London office.

To apply, you will be required to complete an application form including providing a response to a commercial awareness question. Additionally, you’ll be required to submit a copy of your CV. You are not required to complete the Watson Glaser assessment or attend an assessment centre for this opportunity.

Applications open: Monday, 17 October 2022
Applications close: Friday, 3 February 2023 at 17:00 (local time)

Summer Internship

Our Summer Internship is designed to give you insight to what DLA Piper is really like. Our in-person programme is three weeks in duration, commencing with a week-long induction programme held at our London office.

This induction provides an advanced introduction to the legal sector and the firms practice groups. It also builds your professional skills and workplace capability. Throughout the induction there will be opportunities to hear from and network with senior members of the firm.

You'll spend your second and third weeks of the Summer Internship undertaking work experience placements across two of our practice groups in the Dublin office. Before you start on the programme we'll ascertain and try to allocate your placements based on your preferences.

At the end of the Summer Internship, you'll be assessed for training contract place in the Dublin office.

Am I eligible?

  • Studying a law degree: you can apply for the programme if you are a second-year student on a three year course or a third-year student on a four year course
  • Studying a non-law degree: you can apply for the programme if you are in your final year of study
  • You are also eligible to apply if you are a graduate, or career changer

Applications open: Monday, 5 September 2022
Applications close: Friday, 3 February 2023 at 17:00 (local time)

Summer Internship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to apply ahead of the application deadline. Assessment centres for the Summer Internship will take in late February and early March.

Graduate Programme

During your training contract you’ll experience four, six month rotations throughout our eight different practice groups, giving you breadth in your knowledge of the law as well as the practical skills that will stay with you for your entire career.

Our Graduates are also provided a once in a lifetime opportunity when they complete our International Induction in London with their global counterparts! Experiencing a full week of inspiring key note speakers, networking events and team building activities, you’ll be leveraging our international network right from day one.

By the end of your Graduate Programme, you will emerge with a clearer understanding of where your talent and interests lie. The experience you’ll have gained - and the networks you’ll have nurtured - will provide a strong foundation for your future career at DLA Piper.

All vacancies for our 2022, 2023 and 2024 training contracts have been filled and, as a result, we will not be opening for applications this year.


As part of our early-career programmes, 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.


“Dubai allowed me to develop my skills in a new cultural environment and brought home the global nature of DLA Piper” - Aarmaan Hussain, Associate, Corporate


“Singapore is an incredible place to undertake an international secondment. Not only did I have significant exposure to cross-border matters with teams from across the world, but on the weekends, I loved exploring the beautiful island state with the large cohort of trainees out there from other firms.” - Lucy Pearson, Associate, Litigation & Regulatory


“My secondment gave me excellent exposure. I loved being in a new environment and business culture” - Michelle Wong, Associate, Tax


“Six months in Bangkok was a unique opportunity both professionally, to experience a different working culture and to build a network of relationships with colleagues I continue to work with after qualifying; and personally, to spend time with family who live over there.” - David Evans, Associate, Litigation & Regulatory


“Working in Sydney gave me the opportunity to work with colleagues from other offices and build contacts throughout APAC, which really emphasised how global DLA Piper is. I made great friends and loved every minute of my time there. It was an amazing experience and one that I feel very lucky to have had.” - Tom Williams, Associate, Intellectual Property & Technology


“In Madrid, you are in the legal and financial hub of Spain at the same time as being surrounded by a world-class culture, sport and food. The experience developed my ability to think internationally - highly important in a firm like ours” - Naomi Lawson, Associate, Corporate