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.
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.