Now to Next BME 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).

The Scholarship

The Now to Next Scholarship has been designed for students starting out on a degree in law.

Our scholars 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.

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 Black, African or Caribbean heritage (including applicants of mixed-race with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage) who are looking to complete a law degree.

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 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.
Application process

Applications are now open for our 2023 Scholar intake and will close on 30th April 2023.

Application Process: Online application form > Video Assessment > Final Interview 


  • 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 applying to the program. This interview will also be looking at your past experiences and the skills you have developed through them.

    Practice interview


    • Make the most of practice questions to get familiar with the platform.
    • 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 program and commercial law.
  • Assessment Event add

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