DLA Piper 2021 Ireland Summer Internship

About us:

Share our vision. Shape your future.

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, startups, public sector bodies and governments. The firms Dublin office opened in 2018 and is rapidly growing. 

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion:

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.

Our summer internship:

Our award-winning, paid Summer Internship is designed to give you insight to what DLA Piper is really like. Our in-person programme is three weeks in duration, commencing with a week-long induction programme held at our London office.

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.

You’ll then spend your second and third weeks back in the Dublin office undertaking work experience placements across two of our practice groups.

On the final day of the internship we’ll communicate whether you have received an offer to join our contract. Last year over 90% of our interns were successful in receiving offers.

We are hopeful that our 2021 programme will run in-person. If that is not possible, than the programme will be modified and hosted virtually.

What are we looking 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 look for candidates who are naturally inquisitive, have plenty of drive, and can show a genuine commitment to developing a career as a lawyer

We do not expect applicants to have had prior experience in Law. When applying, we’d encourage you to think broadly about your experiences and achievements from your recent past and ensure these are clearly articulated on your CV.

Application process:

Ready to shape your future with DLA Piper? Here’s everything you need to know about the next steps.

Our application process for our Summer Internship and Graduate Programme involves three stages:

  1. Apply online: Complete our online application form and upload a copy of your CV. You will also be asked to complete a response to a commercial awareness question
  2. Complete the Watson Glaser critical thinking assessment.
  3. If invited, attend an assessment centre. You’ll be asked to complete three exercises. An interview, group task and analysis task.

Want to find out more about the firm before applying?

Events are a great way to interact with our people and get to know more about the culture and work at DLA Piper. The Graduate Recruitment & Development team and other representatives from the firm attend many events during the year.

You can view these events and sign up to attend by visiting our events page.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting employers!