How I did it: Securing a Vacation Scheme and Training Contract at Dentons

Bright Network member and Warwick undergraduate Nuri shares her insights on the Dentons’ application process.

Why Dentons?

At the start of my second year, I attended Bright Network Future Lawyers Top 100. The event was really helpful, especially if you don’t know where to start.

I met Dentons during the speed networking session – they were the first firm I spoke to and I had a fantastic discussion with members of the graduate recruitment team, as well as current trainees who gave me an insight into the firm.

I met them again at university law fairs and attended their employer presentations on campus – this convinced me to apply for their Summer Vacation Scheme. After completing this scheme, I knew they were the firm for me - they truly are a ‘polycentric’ firm and the different seats in which was offered really interested me. 

What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?

The toughest part of the process was the final interview. By this point, the Training Contract was within arm’s reach and only made me want it more - the pressure was on. Just remember - even when you’re stressing out, try to stay calm and you can always ask for a moment to think about the question if you need to. 

I was nervous about how formal the interview with the partners would be, but in reality they were very friendly and after the case study, it became much more relaxed.

My favourite part of the application process was the personality questionnaire I took before starting my Vacation Scheme - this is quite unique to Dentons. It was really useful to find out more about the kind of person I am - to see my qualities highlighted and discover the sort of working environment I would most enjoy. 

What three tips would you give fellow Bright Network members looking to follow in your footsteps? 

1. Try to meet a firm in person before applying. Speaking to people that work there gives you a true insight into what the firm is like. 

2. Do your research and show off your knowledge. Throughout the application process, it should be clear why you want to work at that particular firm. Tailor your answers – explain why you’re interested in the firm and give examples as to why you would be a good fit for them.

3. Prepare questions to ask during your interview. It’s a great way to find out more about the firm, the work and your future colleagues, as well as confirming your motivations for applying. 

What's your pre-interview ritual?

I usually have a hot chocolate an hour before an interview and try to remain calm. I put my notes away and just focus on doing my best and avoiding stressing out. The chocolate definitely helps! 


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