Associate (Employment)

Michelle Chua



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Why did you choose to work at DLA Piper?

I was drawn to DLA Piper’s global presence, with offices in more than 40 countries across multiple continents. I wanted to seize the opportunity to work on cross-border matters and collaborate with colleagues from other jurisdictions. 

I am also proud to be a part of a diverse workplace where I can interact with many of my colleagues from different backgrounds, experiences and cultures. It has definitely broadened my horizons and helped me to better understand varied perspectives.

Do you have any advice for students aspiring to pursue a career in law?

1. Stamina! It’s not a sprint but a marathon. Pace yourself and take breaks when necessary.  

2. Find support – both personal and professional. Surround yourself with people who will uplift you and don’t be afraid to reach out to mentors in the legal industry for career guidance.  

3. Step out of your comfort zone. There are plenty of opportunities out there that might seem daunting, but you never know what you might be able to achieve unless you give it a shot. 

How would you describe the culture at DLA Piper?

Exactly like its values – bold, exceptional, supportive and collaborative! I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly and respectful the culture is at DLA Piper. We work hard but also play hard together, such as during our recent firm trip to Bintan in January 2024: