The summer associate program provided me with a great opportunity to get a jump start on building relationships with associates and partners whom I would likely work with as a junior associate. Having those relationships made the transition from summer associate to first-year associate much smoother."
From the first day of my summer program, I was treated like a member of the team and given projects similar to those I would work on as a first-year associate. That insight into life as a junior associate made me extremely confident accepting the firm's offer to return after law school and also jump-started my career by putting me ahead on the learning curve. As a partner now, I try to pay that experience forward by staffing our summer associates on real deals and providing them with substantive junior associate experiences."
Being a junior associate doesn't, and shouldn't, limit you to doing just unsexy work – take ownership of your projects and extend yourself. It also doesn't, and shouldn't, limit you to all work and no play – maintain the fun and balance in your life."
My DLA Piper summer associate experience provided me with valuable insight into the culture of the firm. Most importantly, though, I forged meaningful relationships with the staff, associates and partners, which enabled me to accelerate my integration into the firm when I started as an associate."
During the summer associate program, our lawyers will provide you with a stimulating, realistic and exciting taste of legal life. You'll experience challenging days filled with client work, relationship-building opportunities and lively activities. You will be engaged and make an impact in a range of legal assignments and practice areas.
"This firm really has an unparalleled commitment to pro bono."– Sara Andrews on Pro Bono
"You will have the opportunity to work in the office and community where you live to make a difference in pro bono."– Sara Andrews on Pro Bono
"They bring you on at a steady pace and make sure you have a solid foundation of fundamentals before throwing you into the thick of things."– Summers on the Work
"Being able to observe a partner on the phone with a client and seeing a semester's worth of negotiating training packed into 9 minutes... was one of the most impactful things. I learned a lot from that."– Summers on the Work
"It's very important to be with people you can relate to and who you feel will mentor you. I've been blessed with that opportunity here at DLA Piper."– Summers on the Culture
"There is a high level of professionalism and people take their job very seriously, but it's very much a collegial atmosphere."– Summers on the Culture
"The people in the office genuinely enjoy each other and each other's company and I really appreciate that."–Summers on the Culture
"People work hard. They do good work, but at the same time, they are very collegial with each other."– Summers on the Culture
"People mentor each other and they work a lot together; it's a team."– Summers on the Culture
"DLA Piper really stuck out to me most because of the people I met. Everyone was super friendly and outgoing and extremely intelligent - all people I aspire to be and hopefully learn from as a future lawyer."– Summers on the Culture
"You can spend hours at a time in your office working on a single project, but you are working with people who are fun, people who have a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves too seriously."– Summers on the Culture
"It's really great to hear a message from somebody at the top of the law firm that's genuine. Someone's letting you know that they care about you from the ground up."– Summers on the Retreat
"Aside from meeting people and having fun with them, I've learned that these are some of the people I might work with down the road, so it's really great to make those connections at such an early stage."– Summers on the Retreat
"There is definitely something about DLA Piper that seems to be a little more progressive, more open."– Summers
"If you're working in a collaborative environment, you are the best version of yourself."– Summers
"I wasn't interested in going to a firm where I was in competition with other attorneys. I was interested in going to a firm where I was in competition with myself and supported by other attorneys."– Summers
"People are there to support you whether it's fellow summer associates or other attorneys at the firm."– Summers
Where you spend your summer is an important decision. Our summer program allows you to experience life as a lawyer through practice and observation. You'll also be encouraged to take part in our 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. We are committed to providing a standout experience and are proud to offer the following opportunities; click below to learn more:
Where will your career path take you?
Meet three of our partners and learn from their experiences.
There is more than one way to be a successful attorney, and we are proud to have a population of diverse lawyers whose everyday practice styles vary. This is why we do not look for one prototype. We are searching for candidates who blend skills that include a strong academic record and superior personal qualities. Below are just a few of the elements that can make an individual stand out from the rest. Flip the boxes to learn more.
Being organized leads to better productivity. Effectively multitasking while balancing numerous deadlines is less daunting when you have the skills to approach your day systematically.
Do you look past the obvious answer? Our clients rely on us to have a deep understanding of the task at hand as well as to provide analytical solutions.
A team approach to meet client needs is more than leaving your office door open. Our teams are built across offices, practices and borders, drawing on diverse experiences to create better results for our clients. Building those collaborative relationships is key.
We aren't talking about bringing pom-poms to the office, but we know that positive work energy is contagious. For attorneys, hours may vary – it is important to enjoy what you do.
Our lawyers have an entrepreneurial drive and are encouraged to seek the best solutions. Sometimes, that means having the confidence to suggest a new approach. Confidence also means being able to adapt to changing situations and influence others.
Committed to Quality
Exceptional work product draws on all these attributes. We seek candidates who have demonstrated that they can achieve the best results.
Our interviewers are excited to learn more about you and to help you to learn more about DLA Piper, our people and what attorney life is like here. We understand that interviewing can be nerve-racking, but remember: you are interviewing us, too.
Please see our most frequently asked questions below.
If you're at a law school where we generally conduct on-campus interviews, you may apply through your school's career placement office. If we aren't currently scheduled to visit your campus, please apply directly by submitting an online application.
If we aren't currently scheduled to visit your campus, please apply directly by submitting an online application.
We may have a limited number of positions for first-year law students. To be considered, please apply online after December 1.
Callback interviews are very thorough, generally lasting from two to four hours. You will meet with four to six partners and associates. If at your particular office they ask you to lunch as part of your interview, we encourage you to go. It's a great chance to meet DLA Piper lawyers in a less formal setting. Also, if you'd like to learn more about a specific practice group or the experiences of a specific lawyer with a diverse background, please ask your recruiter. The recruiting staff would be happy to provide you with information on our travel reimbursement policies, if they apply.
Your recruiter or Hiring Partner will let you know when you should expect to hear from us following your interview.
Absolutely! We would enjoy having you back for a follow-up visit. Please contact your recruiter to schedule a mutually convenient time. Be sure to let us know if you'd like to meet with lawyers at a specific level (junior/senior associate or partner), in a specific practice group or from a specific diverse background.
The firm administers all employment terms and conditions without regard to age, citizenship, color, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability of an otherwise qualified individual.
Yes! Each summer, DLA Piper hosts 1L scholars in our offices. The application process opens around December 1 each year. Please visit the job opportunities page to see which offices have Scholar positions available.
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