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Apprenticeships With dla piper

Apprenticeships With DLA Piper

DLA Piper is one of the world’s leading business law firms. With over 90 offices in more than 40 countries, we provide seamless local and cross-border advice. We believe great businesses can make a better world. That's why, every day, at DLA Piper, we help our clients succeed.

At DLA Piper, our progressive mindset challenges conventions and evolves our global legal offering into broader advisory services and new business areas. Through our deep industry knowledge, technological solutions, and diversity of thought and experience, clients embrace change and seize opportunities.

Our ten sector groups cover the full range of business law services. Clients include multinationals, start-ups, public sector bodies and governments. Across the two leading legal directories, we have over 2,726 lawyer rankings, and over 1,277 practice group/sector rankings. Our global pro bono practice contributed over 205,000 pro bono hours in 2019 alone.

Throughout our six year partnership with UNICEF, we have donated pro bono legal services in excess of USD6.5 million to support UNICEF’s work on issues such as child marriage, birth registration, transitional justice and international protection standards.

Our entrepreneurial and supportive culture promotes bold, ambitious thinking and a warm, empathetic approach. Trusting, collaborative relationships with clients and each other is at the heart of everything we do.

"You get amazing exposure at DLA Piper. Everything I've worked on has had an international dimension." - Serena Eum, UK Associate

Develop your legal expertise with DLA Piper's 2021 UK Solicitor Apprenticeship

We are offering the Solicitor Apprenticeship in our Manchester office commencing in September 2021. Our Solicitor Apprenticeship is a 6-year programme providing you with the opportunity to become a qualified solicitor with a degree level 7 qualification. 

The Solicitor Apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with an external academic institution. Each week, you will have one day (20%) dedicated to your studies, and four days (80%) learning through practical on the job work experience. You will study towards an LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice and Skills, and also work towards the Solicitors Regulatory Authority’s (SRA) new centralised assessment, the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

You will gain experience in a commercial law firm with 6 and 12-month rotations through DLA Piper’s practice groups and sectors allowing you to obtain broad work experience and a diverse skill set. You will participate in a comprehensive induction, regular training and a bespoke apprentice development plan delivered via the DLA Piper Academy to develop your technical competence and behavioural skills.

As you progress through the apprenticeship, there will be client and international secondment opportunities to help you further develop your legal knowledge and skills.You will have wide ranging support from a buddy for peer support, a mentor, a programme manager and an external skills coach. There will be regular networking and social events, as well as the opportunity to participate in the firm’s sectors and employee networks. You will also have the opportunity to complete pro bono work.

"The global DLA Piper network offers a huge amount of expertise I can tap into. What's more, people are friendly and approachable." - Shilpa Rajagopal, UK Associate

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