DLA Piper is one of the world’s largest law firms, providing commercial legal services to businesses all across the globe. Offices exist in over 60 countries, and the company employs over 3,500 lawyers. It was formed in 2005 as the result of a merger Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP, DLA LLP, and Piper Rudnick LLP.
The business offers services in eight key areas of legal practice, which are corporate; employment, pensions and benefits; finance and projects; intellectual property and technology; litigation and regulatory; real estate; restructuring; and tax.
The graduate programme is available for those who wish to pursue a career as a lawyer, and trainees complete four six-month placements. The mandatory Professional Skills Course is provided in-house, and progress is monitored through regular performance reviews.
Entry requirements include BBA at A Level or equivalent, plus a 2:1 bachelor degree.
The graduate starting salary is a very generous £37,000 for those based in London, £26,000 for those in the English regions, and £23,000 for those in Scotland. Full sponsorship for GDL or LPC qualifications is provided, as well as a £5,000 or £7,000 maintenance grant, depending on where you choose to study. Private health insurance and life assurance are also available.
DLA Piper was a key donator in Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
Benefits of working for DLA Piper
DLA Piper provide sponsorship for the GDL, the LPC, and the Scottish Diploma in Legal Practice.
Contributory pension scheme
Private health cover
Health insurance scheme
25 days holiday