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What degree do I need? add
We accept all degree disciplines, but you must have achieved, or be expected to achieve, a 2:1 or above at degree level (or equivalent).
Do you require minimum A Level grades? add
We look for a minimum of ABB.
Can I still apply if I have a 2:2 or my A Levels fall below the minimum requirement? add
Your application will only be considered if there are mitigating circumstances. If there are, then please note these on your application and they will be taken into consideration (you may be asked to produce documentary evidence).
Do you look at applications on a rolling basis? add
Yes, we do, and we would recommend and encourage you to apply as early as possible. Competition for places is very high.
Where should I study my GDL and/or LPC? add
We ask our future trainees to attend BPP University College for the GDL and LPC. BPP has a wide choice of geographical locations and you are free to apply to any of these centres.
Where should I study my diploma? add
Our future trainees can choose to study their diploma at their preferred choice of institution across Scotland.
Do you pay fees and grants for law school? add
If you accept our offer of a training contract prior to starting your GDL, LPC or diploma, we will pay the full GDL, LPC or diploma fees for your future studies. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse fees for those who have already completed the GDL, LPC or diploma.
For those who have accepted our offer of a training contract, for each year of actual study we also offer a maintenance grant:
- £5,000 per annum in Scotland
- £5,000 per annum outside of London
- £8,000 per annum in London
Are there specific electives I need to take at law school? add
If you are joining our London office, we prefer you to take three “City” electives on Corporate and Banking topics. These are Private Acquisitions, Debt Finance and Equity Finance. If, however, you have a particular interest in Commercial Litigation or Commercial Property, then we would not object to your substituting one of these for one of the Banking topics. If you are joining our Milton Keynes and Watford training contract, please study Advanced Commercial Property and Advanced Commercial Litigation and one City elective of your choice.
Which departments will I sit in during my training contract? add
We try to work with our trainees to get an understanding of their legal and departmental preferences and place them in seats that meet their individual career aims. For training contracts in London, your two years of training will consist of four six-month seats. You must complete a seat in Banking and Finance and a seat where you will gain contentious experience. You may also have the opportunity to work abroad, or go on a client secondment. Whatever seats you are allocated, you’ll enjoy the support of a dedicated supervisor to guide you through the transition to becoming a solicitor.
For training contracts in Milton Keynes and Watford, your two years of training will consist of four six-month seats. We currently have seats in Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Financial Litigation, Real Estate, Property Litigation, Construction and Employment. All trainees must complete one non-contentious transactional seat (e.g. Corporate or Real Estate) and one contentious seat.
In Scotland, you’ll complete two years of training under the Law Society of Scotland, but you’ll also have the opportunity to qualify as an English Solicitor with our support, and we’ll cover the cost.* Across our three offices, we have seats in Private Client, TMT, Competition, Dispute Resolution, People, Reward & Mobility, Energy, Transport & Infrastructure, Real Estate, Corporate, Banking & Finance.
What training will I receive? add
Most of your training will be on the job with your supervisor and other members of the department. However, more structured training will include a comprehensive induction programme when you arrive and departmental training each time you change seats and departments. There is also the compulsory Professional Skills Course, which we run in-house. Legal training and personal development sessions run throughout the year and you are encouraged to attend those relevant to you and your career development.
What process is there for applying for a job at the end of my training contract? add
We advertise the positions available and trainees are invited to apply for up to two positions in the UK, plus any vacancies abroad. All trainees are interviewed against a competency framework.
Are there opportunities to do a seat in your global offices or with a client? add
Yes, there is the opportunity to undertake a seat in another Dentons office. At present we have trainee secondments to the Middle East, North America, South East Asia and Australia. The number of opportunities available will vary from year to year. We also offer several client secondments in each seat. Client secondments are invaluable for learning about how our clients operate and a great chance to experience at first hand a practical business context.
How many trainees do you take on? add
We normally take on 24 trainees for London, six to seven trainees for Milton Keynes and Watford and 10 for our Scotland offices.
Do you offer vacation schemes or work experience in your global offices? add
Please visit the relevant careers web page for the office that you are interested in to find out more about opportunities in our global offices.
Do you accept applications from candidates who are not eligible to work in the UK and who require sponsorship? add
Yes, we will accept applications from candidates requiring a work permit.
*Please note that if your employment terminates i.e. you give or given by Dentons notice of termination of your employment at any time during the period of wo years following receipt of the relevant qualification, you are required to repay to Dentons all or a proportion of this sum.