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DLA Piper is a global business law firm. Working across every industry and sector, we provide expert advice to the world’s leading companies – helping them solve their most critical challenges.

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DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, positioning it to help companies with their legal needs around the world.

DLA Piper strives to be the leading global business law firm by providing quality and value to clients every day. The firm achieves this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help clients succeed, and by delivering consistently across its full-service platform.

Areas of practice

Clients range from multinational, Global 1000 and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as all levels of government and public sector bodies. The firm is a trusted advisor to clients across Asia Pacific, those looking to expand their operations overseas, and international clients looking to enter the Asia Pacific market.

DLA Piper advises clients across a full range of services and sectors, with particular expertise in the following industries: banking and financial services; energy; government; healthcare; hospitality and leisure; insurance; life sciences; media, sports and entertainment; mining; real estate; technology; telecommunications; and transport.

Your future

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A clerkship will be your first experience of DLA Piper. On a clerkship, you'll experience what life is really like at DLA Piper. What's more, you'll also be considered for a place on our graduate program.

The graduate program will see you rotating between different practice areas and rapidly acquiring the skills to be a successful lawyer.

During your graduate program have an opportunity to engage in dynamic work across a range of sectors. Working alongside experienced lawyers, you'll develop your commercial acumen as well as your legal expertise. You'll also be encouraged to do pro bono and community work; not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it will develop your skills in leadership, teamwork and communication. By the end of the program, you'll emerge with a clearer understanding of where your talents and interests lie. The experiences you'll have gained – and the networks you'll have nurtured – will provide a strong foundation for your future career at DLA Piper.

Your application

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What we look for

We hire graduates from all kinds of backgrounds. Not only does this allow us to serve our diverse client base better; it keeps our thinking fresh by opening up a wider range of perspectives.

While you could be studying from a range of degree subjects, you will need a strong academic record. But it goes further than that. You’ll need to be naturally inquisitive, have plenty of drive and possess a genuine commitment to your career path. Among other things, we’ll be looking at your extracurricular activities for evidence of these qualities.

Application information

Step 1: Online application for clerkship

Our application form is simple to complete. At this stage we want to know about your education, career motivations, and any relevant work experience. You can find some useful hints and tips about how to complete the form in the FAQ section below.

Step 2: Online psychometric testing

We want to know what makes you tick and these assessments tell us a little more about who you really are. You will complete two online tests:

1) a verbal reasoning test designed to measure your ability to evaluate and interpret written information
2) a personality questionnaire which assesses how you might approach work in different situations and environments

Step 3: Assessment period

The final stage is an assessment centre where you will meet senior members of the DLA Piper team, learn more about our businesses, meet current graduates and participate in a series of exercises and an interview. This is a challenging part of the process but a good way for you to demonstrate your skills and capabilities. We know most people also find it fun and rewarding. You’ll learn a lot more about how well DLA Piper will fit with you, too.

Step 4: Offer

We will be in touch as soon as we can after your assessment centre. Whatever the outcome, you will be offered feedback on your application at this stage so you take valuable learning from the experience. It's really important to us that you have a good experience throughout the whole assessment process.

Step 5: Clerkship

During your clerkship you will be eligible to be considered for the Graduate Program.


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Graduate program

We offer graduate programs in all our Australian offices and have one intake each year in February.

The graduate program starts with an induction, designed to ease you in and get you acquainted with the firm. Within the first six months, you’ll also attend a two-day event at our Career Academy, where you’ll meet and network with graduates from across our Australian offices.

The program itself will see you undertaking rotations in different practice groups. This will see you work alongside people at all levels of the business, including partners. As an integral member of the team, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and make a real contribution from the outset.

While much of your learning will be done on the job, you’ll also receive formal business skills training. This will develop your abilities in areas such as networking, business development, commercial awareness and financial management.


During the Graduate Program, we offer you the opportunity to apply for an international secondment. This usually lasts for six months and gives you the opportunity to work in one of DLA Piper's overseas offices. As well as experiencing life in a different country, you'll develop your legal knowledge in another jurisdiction and grow your professional networks across the firm.

The team also organise a number of events throughout the year. 


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