Work with brilliant lawyers. Develop your industry expertise. Experience life in a different culture. At DLA Piper, the possibilities are limitless.
First Year Insight Programme
Our insight programme is designed to give you an insight into life at a global commercial law firm. You will have the opportunity to hear from the firm's senior leaders, participate in professional skills training, gain an in-depth insight into our practice groups, and attend networking events.
The Insight Programme is aimed at first year law students or penultimate year non-law students, and is hosted in our London office.
Applications for our 2019 Programme open on Monday 3 December 2018.
To give you an insight into what DLA Piper is like, we run an Internship Programme. The programme runs across three weeks and includes an induction programme and the chance to experience two different practice groups.
During the three weeks, you'll meet a range of people across the firm through a variety of talks and social events.
During the Graduate Program, 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.
"Bangkok is a great city to live and work in. The office is mostly made up of native Thai lawyers rather than expats, so I was able to experience first-hand how commercial law matters are conducted in the country." – Eleanor Purves, Associate
"Dubai allowed me to develop my skills in a new cultural environment and brought home the global nature of DLA Piper. It was a great networking experience as well. I was able to socialise with many other trainees who were doing secondments there too." – Luke Mooney, Associate
"Hong Kong often acts as a hub to coordinate multi-jurisdictional projects, so I worked frequently with other offices in the Asia-Pacific region. The experience was illuminating. I learned a lot about the intricacies of other legal systems." – Liam Blackford
"In Madrid, you are in the legal and financial hub of Spain at the same time as being surrounded by world-class culture, sport and food. The experience developed my ability to think internationally – highly important in a firm like ours." – Lindsey McWilliam, Associate
"Working in Moscow was a unique experience. Assisting clients with the Russian context and international legal issues has definitely broadened my professional skillset. It gave me a keen understanding of how a global law firm operates." – Alistair White, Associate
"I was drawn to Singapore because it offers opportunities to be involved in deals spanning Asia, Australia and the Middle East. The experience has more than met my expectations. You’d be hard pressed to find a more welcoming, inclusive and motivated team of lawyers." – Ed Moys, Associate
"Sydney's an exciting place to be as a lawyer. It acts as the gateway to international deals across the Asia-Pacific region. I have been able to work on interesting matters, travel across the country and made some great friends along the way." – Dolapo Oshin, Associate
"I'm a coffee fan but Melbourne takes it to a whole new level. I like the culture of taking a quick mid-morning break at a local coffee shop. In the office we also have lunchtime yoga and an active social committee for office-wide events." – Hallam Lyall Grant, Associate
We offer Graduate positions across each office in the UK. During your placement you'll experience a number of 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 talents 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.
The Class of 2017 pictured with Simon Levine - Global Co-CEO - at the inaugural International Induction in London.
Open Days are a great way to learn about DLA Piper as a firm, and commercial law in general. Our open days aim to provide you with insight into life as a lawyer in a global law firm. You will also get hints and tips on the application process, as well as the opportunity to meet employees at the firm. They are aimed at applicants from all year groups and degree disciplines.
DLA Piper will be hosting Open Days in each of our seven UK Office locations:
How to apply
Applications for our 2017 Open Days are now closed.
Applications for our 2018 Open Days will open in November 2018.