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 the Internship Programme or Graduate Programme online.

Watson Glaser test

If your initial application is successful, you will be invited to complete the Watson Glaser critical thinking test

Assessment day

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

Internship Programme (optional)

If you applied for the Internship Programme you are automatically assessed for the Graduate Programme during the Internship.

Training Contract

If successful, you are offered a Graduate role.

Application Information 

Academic requirements

Degree: All degree disciplines are considered

Minimum Class of Degree Required: 2.1


Application dates

Insight Programme

Applications open: Monday 2 December 2019
Applications close: Friday 31 January 2020, 17:00

Internship Programme

Applications open: Friday 6 September 2019
Applications close: Tuesday 31 December 2019, 17:00

Graduate Programme (Training Contracts)

All vacancies for our 2020 and 2021 training contracts have now been filled and as a result, we will not be opening for applications this year

Open Days

Applications open: Monday 7 October 2019
Applications close: Friday 22 November 2019, 17:00

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.

If you are applying for our insight programme, please provide your predicted/anticipated predicted grade.

Mitigating circumstances

We will take any mitigating circumstances relating to your academic record into consideration, provided they have been submitted and approved by your examination board or the relevant examining body. Please provide full details of your mitigating circumstances within the application form, ensuring you provide written proof from the relevant academic institution and verification by a third party such as your doctor or tutor. 


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.