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Grab hold of all the responsibility you can handle. Do it at pace. Do it alongside experts. Do it to build your future. From day one, you’ll carve out your career. With exposure to global work, massive clients and big deals, there’s nothing you won’t experience.

The business of law is changing, and we want you to be right there with it. To take us from largest to leading, we’re looking for our trainees to think big and see the future of law in a new way.

Our two year, four seat Training Contract is designed to equip you with the skills required to be the lawyer of the future, now. Alongside market leading support and development, you’ll have the chance to put knowledge into action and start building your legal career from day one. After all, it’s experience that makes great lawyers.

The Modernised Training Contract

On top of our existing development program, our modernised training contract includes three new modules: legal project management, innovation and resilience. All designed to help you become the lawyer of the future. The modernised training contract marks the first stage in your journey from lawyer to leader.


Innovation doesn’t sit in isolation – at Dentons it comes from everywhere and from everyone. We understand that our trainees have the spark and drive to think about their day-to-day work in a different way, especially in the face of complex and challenging legal issues. This is why we have created a highly bespoke programme, to enhance their knowledge around legal innovation and digital transformation.

Pre-joining training with get you up to speed with the essentials and allow you to hit the ground running. Once you join, you’ll take part specialist workshops and put your new expertise into action with innovation projects in each seat rotation.


On the journey from lawyer to leader, we recognise that a career in law is a constantly changing environment, providing new challenges everyday. By providing people with the tools they need to thrive and build resilience we can help create a culture of openness and support. Group workshops and one-to-one sessions are designed to support you through this transition, and open doors for you to become the lawyers of the future.

Legal Project Management

Great lawyers are able to understand how everything fits together, from managing projects profitably to really getting under the skin of our clients and their businesses. It’s not just knowing them, it’s understanding what they stand for and using that insight to inform your approach.


Following a two week induction, and on top of our new modernised training modules, each seat comes with bespoke training and development, to give you the tools to succeed.

Alongside this trainee specific training, you’ll have access to our market leading program of development sessions, and our online suite of virtual training courses. Whether you’d like a refresher on the basics, or to fine tune your networking skills, there will be a course for you.

Our talent team will be with you throughout, helping you think of the bigger picture when it comes to your career.


Support isn’t something you’ll receive sporadically throughout your Training Contract at Dentons. You’ll have a dedicated supervisor for each seat, who’ll be a constant point of guidance, helping you define your career. You’ll also have support from your trainee peers, who are led by trainee representatives, nominated from each class year.

Our trainees are also active members of our diversity networks, social committee and pro bono teams.

Finally, our award winning Trainee Development team will also always be available to you, to discuss everything from seat moves and secondments, to trainee social events.


  • GDL, LPC and Diploma fees
  • GDL, LPC and Diploma maintenance grants
  • Sports club membership
  • Health insurance
  • 24 annual leave days
  • Pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • On-site counsellor
  • Restaurant discounts

Salary by Location

  • London: £44,000 rising to £48,000 in the second year (£75,000 upon qualification)
  • Central Belt: £24,000 rising to £26,000 in the second year (£40,000 upon qualification)
  • Milton Keynes: £31,000 rising to £34,000 in the second year (£48,000 upon qualification)

Who can apply

Open to

  • London and Milton Keynes: Penultimate year law students, all final year students and graduates
  • Scotland: Penultimate year law students, final year law students and law graduates

Start Date: August 2023