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DLA Piper is a global business law firm based in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. We help clients succeed through innovative and pragmatic legal solutions. Leading businesses across the world trust us with their most complex matters, and rely on our seamless cross-border prowess and sector knowledge. Wherever you are, and whatever your challenge, we speak your language.
In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by four values: Be Supportive, Be Bold, Be Collaborative and Be Exceptional.
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Life moves fast at DLA Piper, and with good reason
We help the world's top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems.
As a firm, we never standstill. We think nimbly and seize opportunities. We're ambitious and are never afraid to innovate. So if you possess these qualities too, there could be a bright future for you at DLA Piper.
Our vision is to be the leading global business law firm. With a truly international presence, award-winning reputation and a track record of exceptional growth, we're well on our way.
Our global presence
Our clients are often global, so we have to be too. With over 90 offices in more than 40 countries, we provide seamless local and cross-border advice, whenever and wherever our clients need us.
Develop your legal expertise. Sharpen your commercial focus. Become a trusted adviser to clients around the globe.
What to expect
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 programme.
The graduate programme will see you rotating between different practice areas and rapidly acquiring the skills to be a successful lawyer.
During your graduate programme 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.
Our paid summer clerkship is designed to give you insight into what DLA Piper is really like.
Our programme starts with an induction. This induction provides an advanced introduction to the legal sector and the firms practice groups. It also builds your professional skills and workplace capability. Throughout the induction there will be opportunities to hear from and network with senior members of the firm.
Once you are inducted you'll have the opportunity to complete work placements in our different practice groups. You'll be given real responsibilities. Whether you're attending a court hearing, contributing to a client meeting or assisting a large corporate transaction, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to reach your potential.
We recruit clerks across all our offices in Australia:
At the end of the clerkship, participants are assessed for a graduate position.
We offer graduate positions across all of our Australian offices. During your graduate programme, you’ll experience three x six month rotations throughout our eight different 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.
Our graduates are also provided a once in a lifetime opportunity when they complete our International Induction in London with their global counterparts! Experiencing a full week of inspiring key note speakers, networking events and team building activities, you’ll be leveraging our international network right from day one.
By the end of your graduate programme, you will emerge with a clearer understanding of where your talent and interests lie. 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.
During the graduate programme, 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.
What we look for
Our people come from a diverse range of backgrounds. That's what sets us apart. By opening up a range of difference and unique perspectives, allows us to service our clients better.
We're looking for candidates who are naturally inquisitive, have plenty of drive, and can show a genuine commitment to their chosen career path.
By bringing your authentic self to work every day, you'll have an instinct ability to build relationships with peers, colleagues and clients alike.
Complete our online application form and upload a copy of your CV. This should showcase your achievements and experiences. You will then be asked to complete a response to a commercial awareness question. We don't require you to submit a cover letter. These are not reviewed.
Watson Glaser test
If your initial application is successful, you will be invited to complete the Watson Glaser critical thinking test.
If you are invited to an assessment day, you will take part in a series of exercises, including a partner interview, analysis presentation and a group exercise. There is no preparation required before you attend the assessment day.
Diversity and inclusion are an everyday part of who we are and what we do.
We’re a global firm with diverse clients and we know our clients expect us to represent the communities in which we work and value our advice on both local and global markets. Diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, experiences and perspectives that make you who you are and we pride ourselves on having a culture and environment where everyone is valued for being themselves.
Wherever you are from, wherever you join and however long you stay, by joining our firm, you join our family. DLA is striving to achieve a culture where everyone’s voice is heard and counts and where everyone can be themselves.
To support in achieving an inclusive culture. DLA has a number of people networks. These networks are internal communities with an interest or focus on a particular topic and are open to everyone.
- Law (Gender Balance)
- IRIS (LGBT+)
- Mosaic: (Cultural Heritage & Ethnicity)
- PACT (Family & Carers)