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Dentons is different. At a time when the legal market is changing so rapidly, being the biggest law firm on the planet puts Dentons in an enviable position; there’s never been a more exciting time to join us.


With over 165 locations in more than 70 countries, we offer a world of opportunity for your career, not least because our scale and size means we work on such a large range of diverse transactions. This means trainees at Dentons get more meaningful exposure earlier, and have greater access to their clients’ worlds than they might at other firms.


One of the defining features of Dentons is what we call our polycentric approach: we have no one global headquarters. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a distinct identity, rather it signifies that our firm’s culture reflects the diversity of our clients and of the communities in which we work and live. You will be part of a truly global proposition and have the opportunity to work with the very best legal minds from around the world, wherever that might be.


Similarly, our CSR work is truly global; our goal is to be one of a small group of law firms that significantly improves its profitability, its brand, its quality rankings, and its position in the marketplace in one generation while having a positive social impact on the communities in which we live and work.


The security offered by our size and scale is reinforced by a clear vision of what our clients need Dentons to be in the future. When you’re the biggest law firm in the world, innovation is part of your DNA. Whether that’s reimagining the business of law, developing new technologies to improve efficiency or enhancing talent management approaches to best serve our clients, we’re leading the way. Joining us will put you at the heart of legal innovation.


At Dentons you can be a part of a firm that offers more presence in more places. Dentons is different.

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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 offices in London, Milton Keynes, Watford, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Number of Offices173
Office Locations - Overview
  • South
  • South East
  • Scotland
  • International
Location of Major International Offices
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • China
No of Lawyers9000
Average Trainee Salary£42,000
NQ Salary£75,000

Training Contracts

When you join Dentons, you’ll be given all the responsibility you can handle. We believe that people learn best by running parts of real deals and cases, meeting with clients and taking your place in the fast-paced and increasingly global world of business. Only then can you gain the experience you need to prepare you for the daily pressures of your professional career. At Dentons, you’ll get it almost from day one. What’s more, you’ll be welcomed into a team globally renowned for its expertise who will help you develop your skills and knowledge in an open and supportive environment.

Trainees undertake four six-month seats, including a contentious seat or attending an external litigation course.

There’s no such things as a ‘typical’ trainee solicitor at Dentons and that’s the way we like it. The expertise within our Firm is as diverse as the needs of our global clients. Our clients are people with a wide range of skills, aptitudes and personalities and so it is essential that our people are too. All they have in common is the ability to contribute to our growing success.

Our clients particularly want to work with well-rounded individuals who have hobbies and interests away from work, so think about what makes you stand out from the crowd.

Being enthusiastic about tackling all tasks, both big and small, is essential, as is having the drive and ambition that will enable you to succeed in a highly demanding work environment. As a Dentons trainee, you’ll need to be able to manage a varied workload, whilst maintaining an appreciation of the intricacies, all of which provide the foundations of exceptional client service.

We accept law applicant training contract applications from penultimate-year law students, final-year law students and those who have completed their undergraduate law degree. We also accept applications from those who have completed their undergraduate non-law degree and the GDL in its entirety. You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of ABB at A Level (or equivalent).

2018 trainee salary:

  • London: £42,000
  • Milton Keynes and Watford: £30,000
  • Scotland: £24,000
No of Trainees / Yr40
Average Retention Rates50%
  • London
  • Milton Keynes & Watford
  • Central Belt - Edinburgh & Glasgow
  • Aberdeen
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
Compulsory Seats
  • Banking & Finance
Secondment SeatsWe offer international secondments and client secondments.

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Vacation Schemes

We offer Easter and Summer vacation schemes as part of our trainee recruitment campaign. These are two week programmes, held in the respective vacation period, for candidates looking to apply to the firm for a training contract.

The schemes consist of department visits, business games and social events, with the aim of giving candidates an insight into commercial law and our way of life at Dentons.

Easter vacation scheme 2019 (London):

  • Open to: Final-year law and non-law students and law and non-law graduates
  • 8 – 18 April 2019

Summer vacation scheme 2019 (London):

  • Open to: Penultimate and final-year law students
  • 8 – 19 July 2019

Summer vacation scheme 2019 (Milton Keynes & Watford):

  • Open to: Penultimate and final-year law students, final-year non-law students, law and non-law graduates
  • 24 June – 5 July 2019

Summer vacation scheme 2019 (Aberdeen, Central Belt – Edinburgh & Glasgow):

  • Open to: Penultimate and final-year law students
  • 10 – 21 June 2019
No of Vacation Schemes / yr4
  • London
  • Central Belt - Edinburgh & Glasgow
  • Aberdeen
  • Milton Keynes & Watford
Degree class2:1 or above
A levelsABB or above
IB34 or above
Training Contract Interview included?Yes
Training Contract Interview included? Additional commentsThe last day of the vacation scheme is an assessment centre for the 2021 training contract.
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • CV & Cover Letter
  • Online Interview
  • Graduate Recruitment Interview

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Open Days

We are hosting an Open Day for 6th form students on 18th December in our London office.

These open days will consist of presentations, speed networking, group exercises, and opportunities for your students to ask questions and further their understanding of a career in law at the world’s largest law firm. Our open days are excellent experience and valuable for their CV when it comes to their next steps in the world of work. During the open day the students will learn that it is not just the traditional post-university training contract route that can lead to a successful career as a solicitor.

The places at our open days are limited, and so students interested in attending should send Ellie Herve ( a copy of their CV in an email entitled ‘Dentons Open Day’ with their name and school. In order to comply with GDPR, CVs will only be used to select candidates for the open days, we will then destroy copies the CVs of any candidates we do not invite to the open day, by sending us a CV students are giving us consent to look at their personal data. You can find our privacy policy here:

We will then get into contact with the applicants that we would like to attend with more details of the open days.

Number of Open Days125
  • London
Other Specific Academic Requirements
  • 7 GCSEs at A*-B, ABB predicted at A level (or equivalent)
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • CV & Cover Letter

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Bright Future Apprenticeship Programme

This exciting programme gives you the opportunity to qualify as a Solicitor and be awarded an LLB university degree by BPP University.

Our six-year programme combines work-based learning in our London office and part time study. You will earn a salary and have no university fees to pay.

You will have one day a week to study and attend classes at BPP University. Their Law School is based in the heart of London’s legal district and has an excellent reputation for offering students the skills they need to succeed in law.

Application process

■ Online application form
■ Online critical thinking exercise
■ Video interview
(Insight Day)
■ Assessment centre  

The work you will do

You will work in our London office, in a variety of departments such as Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Corporate and Dispute Resolution. As you progress through your apprenticeship, you will be required to produce a portfolio with examples of work you have done in your department. Examples of the type of work you will carry out are: preparing documents for a transaction, drafting a letter to a client and carrying out a piece of research.

As you progress through the programme, you will be given more responsibility, including running parts of cases and meeting with clients.


You will build a portfolio of the experience you have gained and the tasks you have completed in the workplace.

You will take exams and assessments throughout the six-year programme to meet the requirements for the LLB degree. You will also be required to pass the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) centralised assessment, consisting of two parts. BPP University will provide you with guidance and assistance to help you pass these assessments.

What will happen at the end of the six-year programme?

If you pass all the required assessments to meet the solicitor apprenticeship standard, you will be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors, subject to the SRA’s usual checks of fitness to practice.

We will discuss with you what roles are available at Dentons and it is our hope that all our apprentices will remain with us as newly qualified lawyers.

Salary and benefits

You will earn a competitive starting salary of £20,000 which will increase as you progress through the apprenticeship programme.

On top of that, you will receive 24 days holiday and enjoy numerous benefits.

We believe social activities are vital to the happiness of our team, and they’re an important part of our firm’s culture.

You can participate in a variety of activities, including football, netball, aerobics and quiz nights.

Who we are looking for

There’s no typical candidate for our apprenticeship programme. The expertise within our Firm is as diverse as the needs of our global clients – and we want to keep it that way. We look for people with a wide range of skills, aptitudes and personalities, with the potential to contribute to our growing success.

We need to see a strong record of academic and extra-curricular achievement. Ideally, we would like to see 7 GCSEs at grade 6 or above (including Maths and English) and ABB at A level.

You will need to be resilient, hard working and have the drive and ambition to succeed in a highly demanding work environment.



You will receive comprehensive training throughout the six-year programme.

You will be taught how to assist our lawyers with their work and will be supported by a supervisor and a Human Resources Manager.

You will also be allocated a Personal Tutor and Student Manager through BPP. They will support you, monitor your progress and assist you with your portfolio of workplace evidence.


Dentons is committed to equality and diversity in all our employment practices. We work to provide an environment which engenders our employees to have respect for the individual, understanding of differences and the benefits diversity brings to the firm.  In the UK, we do this through our recruitment processes, induction and training and through our Diversity Group, which has several employees and Partners as members. The Group ensures that our employees are well represented in decisions made on diversity issues and encourages new initiatives to raise awareness of differing backgrounds.

GCSEs7 GCSEs at grade 6 or above
Partner Law School
  • BPP

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