Early Careers Industrial Placement

Human Resources

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Human Resources


Early Careers


London, United Kingdom



The role


Working as part of the wider HR Function, the Early Careers Industrial Placement student is a key member of the DLA Piper International Early Careers Team. The team is responsible for all recruitment and development of new early careers joiners to the firm. You will work alongside Early Careers Recruitment and Development specialists providing support, whilst gaining experience /exposure to this key HR function. The team will support you to learn and develop throughout your industrial placement.

Within your role, you will engage with key international stakeholders across the business. You will learn about how an international law firm operates, and the early careers routes into the legal profession. You will learn about all cyclical activity across the recruitment and development lifecycle and develop an understanding of the impact this has on the business.

You will be supported in the first few weeks of your role by the current Placement Student, where a detailed handover will take place, and you will be given training to enable you to perform successfully in your role. You will learn how to navigate Recruitment and HR System software’s.


Early Careers Recruitment 

  • Recruitment Marketing: management of Brand Managers (creation and circulation of social media post materials, query management and general provision of role support) and publication of programme opportunities on careers sites.
  • Apprentice and Graduate Assessment Centres: organisation and coordination of Assessment Centres (candidate and assessor management, production of assessment materials, candidate query and expense management, general administrative support)
  • General Team Support: Processing invoices, budget tracking, room/video conference bookings for all early careers recruitment and development activity, candidate query management, booking travel and accommodation for programmes / events, printing, and production of materials for all events.
  • Event management: organisation and facilitation of events (careers fairs, Q&A panels / online events)
  • Insight and Internship programmes: planning and organising of all logistical components relating to the Insight & Internship programmes.

Early Careers Development 

  • Performance management: tracking and management of apprentice and graduate performance management review forms.
  • Rotations and permanent placement process: logistical management and all associated activity of apprentice and graduate rotations to support the Graduate Development Manager with the execution of the annual qualification process.
  • Induction and continued learning: planning and organising of all logistical components relating to the apprentice and graduate training programmes.
  • Regulatory processes: support team members on the cyclical, regulatory processes.

The successful candidate will be in their penultimate year of an undergraduate degree, eligible to work full-time in the UK for the duration of the placement, and be able to demonstrate the following strengths:

  • Demonstrable interest in Human Resources, Recruitment Marketing and / or Early Careers
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Proactive, self-starter and able to use initiative
  • Team player with hands-on approach to work
  • Good attention to details
  • Keen to learn and develop
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise workload
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations


At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.


We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.