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Bar Traineeship

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About this programme

As a Lawyer trainee, you’ll join a practice group full time where you’ll learn what we do, how we work and the impact we make in Belgium and across the world.

Programme details

Explore the intersection between law and business. Discover how an international law firm makes an impact in Belgium and across the world. Develop the foundation of skills you need for a global legal career. You’ll do all this and more during your bar traineeship in our Brussels office.

This isn’t just a chance to shadow our lawyers. You’ll play a real role in our teams and take on real responsibility from day one. Whether attending court hearings, working with clients or developing your professional network, you’ll experience the cutting edge of the legal sector and how law can unlock potential across the world and in your own career. That includes seeing how a purpose-led organisation makes a difference through our pro bono work and sustainability commitments.

You’ll develop your personal and professional skills through a bespoke career development plan. We’ll ask you to choose your preferred practice groups when you apply and will try to assign you to one of these for the programme.

During the bar traineeship, you’ll:

  • Work on a variety of interesting challenges across different sectors.
  • Join a diverse and friendly team while collaborating with colleagues across the world.
  • Have opportunities to engage with initiatives beyond your role, including technology, sustainability and pro bono work.
  • Develop essential business skills through our extensive learning programmes and supportive culture.
  • Be supported by a strong network of supervisors, buddies and mentors to develop confidence and identify your own personal and professional goals.
  • Be part of an international early careers community full of talented colleagues who’ll become part of your global network.
  • Enjoy a working environment where your wellbeing is always a priority and your workload will be managed to ensure you can always deliver your best.
  • Develop a global mindset and have the opportunity to apply for international secondments. 

What do we look for?

You don’t need any legal experience or education for this programme. We look for people with the skills for success at DLA Piper and in a legal career. These include:

  • A motivation to work in the legal industry.
  • Taking pride in every aspect of your work, where no detail is too small.
  • Connecting with others to create strong, lasting relationships.
  • Adapting your approach depending on the situation and in the face of any obstacles or setbacks.

Am I eligible?

You’ll need to be a strong English speaker, reader and writer, and will be fluent in either Dutch or French. Also: 

  • You’ve obtained or will obtain a Master of law at a Belgian university.
  • If you’re applying for EU competition law, global trade or government affairs, you’ll be a Master of law graduate at any university within the EU or you'll have obtained an LLM from a UK or US university (a Belgian degree is not mandatory).
  • You’ll have a consistently strong academic record.
  • You’ll have the right to work in Belgium.
  • Only one application can be made per year.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: We don’t have a specific deadline and we recruit on a rolling basis. Remember that the main recruitment period in Belgium is between September and January.
  • Bar traineeship start date: September / October 2024


At DLA Piper, we are committed to making reasonable adjustments and removing disability-related barriers. This is so everyone, irrespective of a visible or non-visible disability, neurodivergence, a long-term health condition or injury, has an equitable opportunity to succeed in our recruitment process.

If you think you may need adjustments or additional support to enable you to participate in our recruitment process, please get in touch with our Early Careers team and we will be happy to support you.

We understand that sharing your needs with us may feel daunting. We will have an open discussion with you about what will work best for you in the recruitment process, and you only need to share what you feel comfortable with. Our team will ensure that the information you provide will be treated confidentially. The information will only be shared with others involved in the process, on your approval, and where necessary.

We will use the information you share to put adjustments in place for you at any stage, or at multiple stages, of the recruitment process. This is to enable you to perform to the best of your ability, and to have an equitable opportunity to perform and thrive.

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Recruitment roadmap

Application form

Complete our application form in English to give us some key information about you. We’ll also ask you about why you’re applying to DLA Piper. And we’ll ask you to submit a CV, a cover letter and your academic transcripts (Bachelor and Master). Within your cover letter, we’ll ask you to explain why you’ve chosen your preferred practice groups.


The interview with a Partner and/or senior lawyer will assess your motivations for and alignment to the role you’ve applied for. They’re focused on the behaviours that are important for success at DLA Piper. The interview is also your chance to demonstrate your strengths and help us get to know you better. 

Ready to shape your future with DLA Piper?

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Frequently asked questions

Can you tell me more about DLA Piper in Belgium?

DLA Piper is recognised as one of the leading law firms in Belgium. With over 170 professionals based in Brussels and in our working hub in Antwerp, we advise clients on all areas of business law and combine the firm’s global reach with our local knowledge.

Our people come from a diverse range of backgrounds; it’s what sets us apart. By opening up a range of different and unique perspectives, we can service our clients better.

Our clients value our global view of the market, consistency of service and the ability to quickly form cross-border multidisciplinary project teams. We are dedicated to building long-term relationships.

DLA Piper in Belgium is one of the co-founding members of the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance. This is a joint initiative by more than 40 law firms in Belgium who pledge to eliminate workplace discrimination and promote an inclusive.

Do you accept mitigating circumstances for academic results?

If you do have any mitigating circumstances that you’d like us to take into account alongside your application, please contact us to discuss further.

Do I need any prior work experience to apply for the bar traineeship?

Yes, we'll expect you to have some prior legal work experience. 

Can I apply for the bar traineeship if I’ve already completed my degree?

Yes, you'll need to have completed your Master degree in law before the bar traineeship start date. 

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Magdalena Sakowska (Talent Acquisition Business Partner).