Graduate blog


John, a trainee from the London Office, talks about his experience on an internal secondment to our Pro Bono department

For my third seat I went on internal secondment to the pro bono team. The UK pro bono department  of two full time staff coordinates and manages over 25,000 hours of pro bono work in the UK every year, the equivalent of about 14 full time lawyers – which is a mammoth task! I have always been interested in human rights and access to justice. Throughout my legal studies I volunteered with human rights NGOs and legal clinics – so it was great to see the work that a leading commercial law firm does in these areas. 

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James, a trainee from the London Office, shares his thoughts on how beneficial a client secondment can be to your training contract

As a leading global law firm, DLA Piper offers fantastic client and international secondment opportunities as part of the training contract.  I opted to complete a client secondment in London in order to gain a high level of client exposure at an early stage of my legal career with a view to developing my commercial awareness and sector knowledge.

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