Now to Next BME Scholarship
The Now to Next Scholarship is a national student scholarship scheme for students of BME Black and Minority ethnic, or Mixed African or Caribbean background. Each year, up to two students across the UK will be provided with a scholarship of £2,500 per annum during their three year UK undergraduate law degree. As well as the financial award, the students will also received additional support with a guaranteed place on virtual insight events and mentoring.
What are we looking for?
Our application process allows you to show us who you really are, beyond grades and experience. We welcome people who are driven to challenge. We’ll be looking for collaboration, drive and problem solving throughout the process. The Now to Next Scholarship is aimed at students from backgrounds that are under-represented in law. We are striving to reach as diverse pool of candidates as possible from BME Black and Minority ethnic, or Mixed African or Caribbean backgrounds. We welcome applications from students who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Attending, and have attended from aged 11, a state-funded non-fee paying school / college or a independent / fee paying school through a bursary scheme in the UK.
- Intend to complete a full-time undergraduate law degree in the UK, but have not commenced one yet.
- Strong academic record and references received from schools.
Applications open on 1st March 2021 and close on 31st May 2021. The process will consist of the following three stages:
Online application form > Video Interview > Assessment Event
Online application form add
This is your chance to tell us more about you. We will also ask you some long answer questions, to find out about your motivations, drive and attributes that you could bring.
- Pay attention to the word count: it is there for a reason. If we give you 250 words, that’s how many words we believe you need to give us a detailed enough answer.
- Attention to Detail: ask someone to proof read your application. When you’ve spent so much time on it, it can be easy to miss mistakes.
- Research: Do your Dentons research, and be specific. We want to hear what you think makes Dentons unique, and why that is something you are interested in.
- Stand Out: You’ve covered what makes Dentons unique, but we also want to know about you. What makes you different?
Video Interview add
The video interview will see you answer some short questions regarding your motivation for the scheme. This interview will be looking at your past experiences and the skills you have developed through them, along with your key drivers and strengths. We will also look at why you’ve chosen to apply to a commercial law firm, and to Dentons specifically.
- Use the preparation time: try to think of the best example for each question, rather than rushing in with the first one that comes to mind.
- Be specific about your input: We want to hear what your personal contributions and actions have been, so avoid saying ‘we’ and say ‘I’ instead.
- Use a range of examples: Successful candidates pull complex examples from a range of experiences.
- Research: spend some time before the interview researching the firm and the apprenticeship. If you have been to one of our open days or had some interaction with Dentons, then please mention it!
Assessment Event add
The final stage of the application process is an assessment event. This includes a group exercise and final interview which includes a presentation.