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EARLY CAREERS

Internship

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About this programme

Our four-week, in-person paid summer internship will show you what we do, how we work and the impact we make in Singapore and across the world.

Internship

Explore the intersection between law and business. Discover how an international law firm makes an impact in Singapore and across the world. Develop the foundation of skills you need for a global legal career. You’ll do all this and more across our four-week internship in our Singapore 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. 

The internship is your chance to see if law is a career you can thrive in. You’ll also develop your personal and professional skills through experiences that will be valued in any sector you choose to continue into. 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 internship, 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.

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.

Please note: We are no longer accepting 2024 applications for our Singapore locations.

Am I eligible?

You’ll need to be a strong English speaker, reader and writer. Also: 

  • You’ll be a current law student in any year of undergraduate study.
  • You’ll have the right to work in Singapore for the duration of the programme (40 hours per week). We are unable to sponsor visas for the Summer Internship.
  • Only one application can be made per year.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: 30 April 2024
  • Internship duration: Four weeks
  • Internship start date: Monday 1 July 2024
  • Internship end date: Friday 26 July 2024
Accessibility
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Accessibility

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 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.

Online assessment

We use a Watson Glaser assessment to test your critical thinking. The online assessment is untimed and you can complete it at your own pace. But you have to complete your assessment within five working days of receiving the link.

There are various practice Watson Glaser assessments online. We recommend you spend some time practising to get used to the types of questions you may be asked. We’ll also send you a link with a further practice assessment. We recommend completing this before you do the final assessment.

Interview

The strengths-based interviews 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?

Frequently asked questions

Can you tell me more about DLA Piper in Singapore?

We offer a unique blend of global and local insights and perspectives. As a leading global law firm in Singapore, we deliver exceptional legal services to our clients and shape the future of the legal industry.

With a strong presence in Asia, our Singapore office serves as a gateway to the region's bustling business hub. Our team of lawyers helps clients in all sectors succeed, giving strategic advice and innovative solutions to complex legal challenges. 

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.

What are your minimum academic grade requirements?

We don’t have minimum academic grade requirements, and we accept applications from law students in any year of undergraduate study.

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.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please contact our Recruitment team who’ll be happy to help.