March 31, 2023
The legal industry is notoriously challenging to break into, particularly for under-represented groups. That’s why law scholarships like the Dentons Now to Next BME Scholarship are so important. If you’re a prospective law student of Black, African or Caribbean heritage (including applicants of mixed-race with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage) looking for funding, this scholarship could be an excellent opportunity to support your studies.


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Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, with offices in over 80 countries. They pride themselves on their diverse and inclusive culture, which they believe is crucial to providing the best possible service to their clients. Dentons offers a wide range of legal services to clients, including corporate and M&A, litigation and dispute resolution and real estate. They also have a range of opportunities for students and graduates, including the Now to Next BME Scholarship

What is the Now to Next BME Law Scholarship?

The Dentons Now to Next BME Scholarship is a programme that provides financial support to under-represented Black, African and Minority Ethnic (BME) law students in the UK. This scholarship programme is aimed at individuals who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and a commitment to a career in law. The scholarship includes financial support of £2,500, paid each academic year, a guaranteed place on Dentons insight events and exclusive access to mentoring and regular meetings with Dentons Early Careers team and trainees.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Dentons Now to Next BME Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Black, African or Caribbean Heritage student in the UK (including applicants of mixed-race with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage) 
  • Attend, and have attended from aged 11, a state-funded non-fee paying school/college or an independent/fee paying school through a bursary scheme in the UK
  • Intend to be enrolled in a law degree at a UK university
  • Have achieved or be on track to achieve a 2:1 or higher in your degree

Application Process

The application window for the Now to Next BME Scholarship is now open and closes on 30th April 2023. The application process is straightforward and involves the following steps:

Step 1: Fill out the online application form

The first step in the application process is to submit a completed application form including questions outlining your interest in the scholarship, drive and attributes that you could bring to Denton and your financial need, as well as a copy of your most recent academic transcript.

Step 2: Video Interview

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to answer further short questions regarding their motivation for the program. virtual interview with a panel of Dentons representatives. Check out some practice interviews here!

Step 3: Attend an interview

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview with representatives from Dentons. The interview will give you the opportunity to discuss your application in more detail and to demonstrate your enthusiasm for a career in law.

How to Increase Your Chances of Success

To increase your chances of success in your application for the Dentons Now to Next BME Scholarship, there are a few things you can do:

  • Research Dentons and demonstrate your knowledge of the firm in your application.
  • Show that you have a strong commitment to diversity and widening participation in the legal profession.
  • Highlight your academic achievements and any relevant work experience.
  • Provide a well-written personal statement that demonstrates your passion for law and your suitability for the scholarship.

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As an aspiring law student of Black, African or Caribbean heritage, the Now to Next BME Scholarship could be a fantastic opportunity to support your studies and dive headfirst into gaining valuable experience in law and networking opportunities at Dentons. Be sure to check the eligibility criteria and application process carefully before applying, don’t hesitate to contact Dentons if you have any questions and above all be confident in your abilities. With Dentons’ support, you too can be a part of the next generation of successful and diverse legal professionals. Good luck!


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