Dentons

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We are Dentons. The world’s largest law firm. With more than 20,000 people in 80+ countries around the world, we have unique breadth, depth and diversity. Alongside our award winning global work, we are committed to a culture of innovation, giving back and inclusion.

Dentons is designed to be different. The landscape we work in is changing at an accelerating pace. We embrace this change, and are looking for trainees and apprentices to join us in redefining what is possible and in shaping the future of law.

Your career at Dentons can shape up to be something extraordinary. It’s a place for those who are driven to challenge. To question. To break tradition. To put your career firmly into fast-forward. This could be the start of something big.

Main areas of work

Our 686 award wins in 2020 & 2021 highlight the quality of work our trainees and apprentices get involved in.

Trainees and apprentices are able to choose from a wealth of seats to work with experts across our practice areas: banking and finance, competition, corporate, dispute resolution, ETI (energy, transport and infrastructure), PRM (people, reward and mobility), real estate, tax and TMT (technology, media and telecommunications).

Work is also about more than just work here. It’s about the environment too, and the feeling you get from your team, office and beyond. Our teams are focused on inclusion, giving back, and on looking forward with innovation.

Who Should Apply?

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ trainee or apprentice at Dentons and that’s the way we like it. Our expertise within the Firm are as diverse as the needs of our global clients. What we have in common is the ability to contribute to our growing success.

We generally look for a strong performance at A-Level (ABB), but consider every application we receive in context and holistically. If you feel you can submit a strong application even if you do not meet these grades we encourage you to apply.

We also encourage you to include mitigating circumstances if relevant.

We have also implemented the Rare Recruitment Contextual Recruitment System, to give us additional context to every candidate’s application.

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • International
  • City
Practice Areas
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Employment & Pensions
  • Energy
  • Infastructure
  • Competition & EU
  • Insolvency
  • IP
  • Media
  • Tax
Head quartersWe have UK offices in London, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, and Edinburgh
Number of Offices204
Office Locations - Overview
  • South
  • South East
  • Scotland
  • International
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
Location of Major International Offices
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • China
No of Partners120
No of Lawyers10000
Average Trainee Salary£45,000
NQ Salary£92,000
Managing PartnerPaul Jarvis (UKME CEO)

Training Contracts

The business of law is changing, and we want you to be right there with it. To take us from largest to leading, we’re looking for our trainees to think big and see the future of law in a new way.

Our two year, four seat Training Contract is designed to equip you with the skills required to be the lawyer of the future.

On top of our award winning trainee development program, our training contract includes three additional modules: legal project management, innovation and resilience.

Alongside seats in our practice groups, trainees have the opportunity to work in one of our global offices, or directly with one of our clients over a six-month secondment.

Our modernised training contract marks the first stage in your journey from lawyer to leader. The lawyers of the future start here.

No of Trainees / Yr35
Average Retention Rates90%
Location
  • London
  • Milton Keynes
  • Central Belt - Edinburgh & Glasgow
Degree class2:1 or above
A levelsABB or above
IB34 or above
Sponsorship - LPCYes
Sponsorship - GDLYes
Sponsorship - AllowanceYes
LPC / GDL Provider
  • BPP
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • CV & Cover Letter
  • Online Interview
  • Graduate Recruitment Interview
  • Partner Interview
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Written Exercise
  • Role Play
  • Case Study Interview
Vacation Scheme Requirement?
  • No (not a requirement of TC application)
Number of Seats4
Secondment SeatsWe offer international secondments and client secondments.
Overseas SeatsIn previous years, these have taken place in Europe, Middle East and Asia

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Vacation Schemes

Deciding where to start your career is a big decision. Balance real work with training and networking on our schemes to see what your career at Dentons could look like. Our two week scheme will give you, and us, an insight into whether we’re a good match.

In each week of the scheme you will experience a different practice area, working closely with a supervisor and buddy.

By attending our Vacation Scheme, you’ll automatically be assessed for our Training Contract. This could be the start of something much bigger.

Our schemes run in Spring (London only) and Summer (all UK offices).

No of Vacation Schemes / yr40
Location
  • London
  • Central Belt - Edinburgh & Glasgow
  • Milton Keynes
Degree class2:1 or above
A levelsABB or above
IB34 or above
Training Contract Interview included?Yes
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • CV & Cover Letter
  • Online Interview
  • Graduate Recruitment Interview
  • Partner Interview
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Written Exercise
  • Role Play
  • Case Study Interview.

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Open Days

Get closer to a career in commercial law and life at Dentons.

We have designed our open days to do just that and help you start your career journey. Take the opportunity to meet with our partners, associates, trainees and our graduate recruitment team. See how Dentons makes you feel. Your future starts here.

Our Open Days for 2023 will be published later this autumn.

Other Specific Academic Requirements
  • 7 GCSEs at A*-B, ABB predicted at A level (or equivalent)
Assessment Process
  • Application Form

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Apprenticeships

University isn’t for everyone. Don’t let anyone tell you it is. If you want to train to become a solicitor, you just need a spot on the Dentons’ apprenticeship scheme.

You’ll start working towards your LLB university degree alongside your day job. No student debt. No eye-watering loans. Just an opportunity to learn and build your career.

The six-year programme aimed at school leavers combines eight seats of work-based learning and part-time study with BPP University.

Locations: London and Milton Keynes

For more information please visit https://challengers.dentons.com/uk-apprentices/the-programme/how-it-works/

 

 

Insight Events

Deciding your next step can be a huge decision. Attend one of our events to meet our teams and learn more about the pathways into a career in law.

We will be running a series of in person and virtual events between now and March 2023. Please note we will be able to cover travel costs for in person events.

To be eligible you just need to be in year 13, or a school leaver who has not attended university.

You won’t need to prepare of know anything in advance, just come with questions and enthusiasm!

We have the following apprentice insight events coming up:

08/12/2022, 16.00 – 17.30 , Virtual.
Register: https://dentons.app.candidats.io/event/71019213-2df3-48fb-ae32-e8a91693b720

19/01/2023, 16.00 – 17.00, Virtual.
Register: https://dentons.app.candidats.io/event/9749d168-9962-4bfc-89db-7b1d9a89bc2d

15/02/2023, 11.00 – 14.30, Fleet Place.
Register: https://dentons.app.candidats.io/event/a12d1a04-ebc0-41ca-afeb-7682dc07bc2b

Find out more here: https://challengers.dentons.com/uk-apprentices/the-programme/school-leaver-insight-events/

No of Apprenticeships6
Location
  • London
  • Milton Keynes
GCSEs7 GCSEs at grade 6 or above
A LevelsAAB
IB34
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Video Interview
  • Insight Day
  • Assessment Centre
Partner Law School
  • BPP

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Diversity Opportunities

Now to Next Scholarship

The Now to Next Scholarship is a national student scholarship scheme for students of Black, African or Caribbean heritage (including applicants of mixed-race with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage).

Each year, students across the UK will be provided with a scholarship of £2,500 per annum during their three year UK undergraduate law degree.

Alongside the financial support, scholars will be guaranteed a place on Dentons insight events, gain access to mentoring and regularly meet with our Early Careers team and trainees.

https://challengers.dentons.com/uk-apprentices/the-programme/now-to-next-bme-scholarship/

 

 

No of Opportunities2
Location
  • UK
Academic requirementsApplications are open to students who hold a strong academic record
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Graduate Recruitment Interview
  • Video Interview

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Other Opportunities

Experience Dentons

Looking to gain an insight into a career in commercial law? Not sure where to start? Sign up to Experience Dentons, our award winning virtual work experience program.

The program is free to access, without an application process, and is open to anyone over the age of 16.

Experience Dentons starts by providing an introduction to law, the commercial world and to Dentons as a firm. Then, as you progress through the program, you will complete work related to each of our key practice areas, honing both your technical and commercial skills.

By the end of Experience Dentons you will have completed a range of meaningful activities, gained insight to insider information from Dentons, which will help boost your LinkedIn profile and CV.

Find out more: https://challengers.dentons.com/uk-apprentices/the-programme/experience-dentons/


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