The Dentons application process is long, and initially arduous. It is designed to help Dentons choose the people who they feel will most benefit the firm by working with them. This page will look at each stage of the recruitment process, and discuss what you need to prepare at each point. We will focus on people applying to the Dentons trainee solicitor recruitment programme as it is the most comprehensive application process. 

The application is split into two main blocks. The initial stage contains the first four stages of the application process, and the next stage contains the final interview. You need to pass each stage of the recruitment process in order to move on to the next one. JobTestPrep provides a guide to the application process.

Dentons is a new firm created in March 2013 by merging UK firm SNR Denton, French International law firm Salans LLP, and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. It is one of the largest law firms in the world with over 2,500 lawyers, but the office in London is relatively small compared to its position.

Dentons Online Application Form

The online application form is the first opportunity you will have to impress the recruitment team at Dentons. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis as they come it, so it is best to submit your application as early as possible. 

Other than the standard requests for information, the application form asks you to answer a few more detailed questions about yourself, including: your extracurricular activities and responsibilities; personal achievements and qualifications; about your career motivation - why a commercial solicitor, why Dentons; and to explain your choice of degree and university. With between 150 and 200 words allocated per answer, the main skill is in how well you can make each word count. The application form is that all important first door into the process, and you have to make it count. As there is no CV attached to the application form, what you answer has to be able to give over the information you think is necessary. Our law firm application forms blog provides advice and tips for every section. 

Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking exercise

If your application goes through the next stage, you will be invited to sit an online Watson-Glaser critical thinking test. This test is unlike any other test you will sit, and is designed to assess your verbal reasoning and analytical skills. The Watson-Glaser test will test you on five key areas:

  • Drawing inferences
  • Recognising assumptions
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Logical interpretation
  • Argument evaluation

See how JobTestPrep can help you prepare for the Watson-Glaser test here.

Dentons Interview

The next stage is an interview with a member of the graduate recruitment team. This interview will be a competency based interview. They are looking for you to tell them about your skills, aptitudes and personality, how you perform in a team, and how you would contribute to the firm if you worked with them. You are expected to illustrate your answers with examples from your experience. The best way to do this is using the STAR method. The interview is an opportunity for you to expand on your application form, and for Dentons to learn more about your abilities. Preparation is vital for this and all interviews. See how JobTestPrep can offer you real life interview practice with our interview preparation package.

Final Interview and Case study Exercise

The final stage of the application process is a case study presentation and interview with two partners from the firm. 

The case study will be business or commerce related. You have 50 minutes to analyse the information given in a commercial, but non-legal context, and prepare and deliver a presentation to partners. The aim of this exercise is to assess your ability to analyse information, reach conclusions, generate ideas and present findings. The partners will ask you about your presentation, and about what you did and did not say. Preparing a case study for presentation uses a variety of skills. You can brush up on those skills with JobTestPrep’s case study package. For tips on how to give over the presentation, see the discussion on presentations on the JobTestPrep blog.

The interview with partners is a more informal interview. The partners will ask you questions on what they want to know from you, for example:

  • They may ask you about the information on your application, so make sure you have reviewed it recently.
  • Tell us about something you have read in the financial press that interests you? Why?
  • Give us your opinions on a recent case you have read about.
  • Tell us why you want to work in commercial law, and why do you want to work with Dentons?

Make sure you are up to date with the news. An interview with partners can be daunting, and you will want to make a good impression. JobTestPrep can help you make this good impression with our interview training pack.


In Summary

Dentons are a large multinational firm with offices around the world. There are two offices you can apply to in the UK, one in London, the second in Milton Keynes, each of which will suit different types of workers, although the application process is the same for both offices. We have guided you through the stages of your application, providing information about the resources available from JobTestPrep to help you prepare before and during this process.

We hope you have found this useful, and good luck.