About this programme
Our International Training Programme seeks to create a culture of learning and development from the time you accept an offer with us. Before starting with us you will be sponsored to attend a Masters level preparatory course which includes the SQE1 and SQE2 examinations which are required to qualify as a solicitor. For non-law degree joiners a law conversion course will be sponsored before you attend the SQE preparatory course.
Upon successful completion of your examinations, you will start your two-year programme by participating in the International Training Programme Induction Week held in London. This includes sessions from inspiring keynote speakers, networking events and team building activities. It will also cover professional skills training which will equip you with the knowledge you will need to launch your career and help you leverage your international network right from day one!
Across the two-year programme, you will undertake four, six-month rotations within our 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. You may also get an opportunity to complete client secondments or international secondments as one of your rotations.
To support your learning and development goals you will have the opportunity to attend several training sessions to augment your technical competence, organisational knowledge, and professional skills. You will also have a strong support network of supervisors, buddies and mentors as well as a dedicated point of contact in the Early Careers team who you can rely on throughout your time on the programme.
By the end of your Training Programme, you will emerge with a clearer understanding of where your talent and interests lie, which will guide your decision in applying for our newly qualified solicitor roles at the firm. 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.
We are committed to employing people with diverse skills and experiences.
We strongly encourage you to share any adjustments that will support your participation in our recruitment process.
If you do require adjustments at any stage of our process, please share this information in your application form. This will only be seen by the Early Careers Team who will do all we can to support you.
DLA Piper was a founding legal industry member of MyPlus Students Club. You can read more about our partnership here.
See how our trainees are inducted into the firm during their first weeks with us.
Frequently asked questions
How many training contracts do you offer every year?
We offer up to 65 training contracts across the UK each year.
Do you offer international secondments to trainees?
Yes. You will have the opportunity to apply for an international secondment during your training contract.
How many seats do you offer during the training contract?
Our training contract offers four seats, each lasting six months.
What is the process for deciding which seats I will be allocated to?
Each trainee has a dedicated Programme Manager who will meet with them at the mid point of each seat. During that meeting upcoming seat preferences are discussed and recorded. All trainees will get a preference at least once throughout their four seats.
I am eligible to work throughout the Summer Internship, but will require visa support for the Training Programme. Can I still apply?
Yes, we accept applications from students and graduates requiring a work permit. If we offer you a training contract, we will support your application to obtain a work permit or visa. However, please note that it is your responsibility to provide all the necessary information and documentation to the UK Border Agency. Furthermore, any offer we make will be conditional upon your work permit/visa application being approved.
I am interested in applying directly to your International Training Programme (Training Contract). How can I do this?
We only recruit our future Trainees Solicitors through the Summer Internship programme and do not offer direct Training Contract routes.
Our Summer Internship programme is a fantastic way to get to get your foot in the door at DLA Piper. It will help you to get to know our firm and its people better. The three-week internship will give you a strong understanding of our values and what we stand for and whether DLA Piper and its practice groups are right for you. At the end of the Summer Internship, you'll be assessed for a place on our International Training Programme (Training Contract) in the office where you complete your internship.