Dentons Now to Next Scholarship

What is the Dentons Now to Next Scholarship?

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

The Scholarship

The Dentons Now to Next Scholarship is aimed at students from Black, African or Caribbean heritage (including applicants of mixed-race with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage) that are under-represented in law. It is designed to support students both financially and provide opportunities to develop their interest in a career in law.

Our 2024 Now to Next scholars will be provided with a scholarship of £2,500 per annum during their three year UK undergraduate law degree. Alongside this financial support, scholars will be guaranteed a place on Dentons Open Days, gain access to mentoring, and regularly meet with our Early Careers team and trainees. They will develop their understanding of commercial law through various opportunities to build connections with legal professionals and insight events.

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.

Applications are welcome from students of Black, African or Caribbean heritage (including applicants of mixed-race with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage) who:

  • Attend, and have attended from aged 11, a state-funded non-fee paying school/college in the UK or an 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.
  • Hold a strong academic record.
How can I apply?

Application Process: Online application form > Telephone Interview > Final Interview 

Applications for our 2024 intake will open on Monday 12th February 2024. They will close on Tuesday 30th April 2024.

Click on the Apply button to visit our applications portal, and view the drop down sections below for our advice on each stage of the application process.

  • Online application form addremove

    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.


    • 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?
  • Telephone Interview addremove

    The telephone interview will see you answer some short questions regarding your motivation for applying to the program. This interview will also be looking at your past experiences and the skills you have developed through them.

    The interview lasts 20 – 30 minutes and will be with a member of our Early Careers team.


    • Prepare in advance: Do some research on the scholarship before the interview, and think about why you applied. Also go through your past experiences, and think about the skills you have developed through them.
    • 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.
    • Practice: Practice answering some competency based questions. You could consider researching methods such as STAR for structuring your answers.
  • Final Interview addremove

    The final stage of the application process is an interview, designed to allow us to find out more about your motivation for applying and your motivation for a career in law.