Case study

Nia Powell — Solicitor apprentice

Employer
Dentons

Working at Dentons Nia is a solicitor apprentice studying towards an LLB in Legal Practice with BPP University. Discover why she chose a career in law, what a typical day as an apprentice is like and which part of her job she enjoys the most.

Why did you decide on a career in law?

The impact and influence that the law has on our everyday lives makes it an engaging and exciting career option. I wanted a career that would be challenging and would allow me to learn new things on the job throughout my working life.

What attracted you to the firm?

The broad exposure and range of opportunities which result from Dentons' global reach and variety of practice areas made it an obvious choice compared to other firms.

What was the application process like?

The application was thorough - I completed the application form, then the Watson Glaser, and a video interview and was then invited to the insight day and assessment centre. The insight day made me feel at ease and gave me the chance to chat to some Dentons employees and to get a feel for the culture of the firm.

What does your apprenticeship involve?

I’m starting my fourth year in Dentons London office. Since joining in 2019 I have completed departmental rotations within corporate, employment and debt capital markets and have completed a client secondment to an international airline.

I am roughly halfway through my degree modules, after which I will take the SQE exams.

A typical day as a solicitor apprentice at Dentons involves drafting documents, legal research, drafting advice to clients, transaction management, corresponding with colleagues and clients, as well as team meetings and training on legal and commercial topics.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

The most enjoyable part of my job is working as part of a team and the opportunities that this presents to learn from experienced lawyers.

It's also rewarding to get to the end of a project knowing that you made a valuable contribution.

What are the challenges?

Balancing work and study can be tricky, and I have found switching between study and work modes to be challenging, but it's definitely manageable and is made easier by the study days Dentons gives apprentices for exams.

There are a lot of stereotypes about working in law, can you debunk a myth?

Many people think that lawyers don’t have social lives, but that's not true. There will be times when client demands mean you have less spare time and it will vary by firm and practice area, but it's certainly possible to have a good social life and still be a dedicated and successful lawyer.

What are your career ambitions?

I am learning so much in every rotation and look forward to qualifying as an associate in less than three years. I don't have a specific goal as to what my career will look like after that - I will work towards becoming the best lawyer I can be and will set targets for what that looks like as I gain more experience.

Why should school leavers consider applying to the firm?

Dentons has a great culture. Taking the step from school into full-time work in a professional environment was a big jump, but the support from friendly colleagues at the firm who were willing to answer questions and talk through any concerns made all the difference. The training is excellent across departments and Dentons will support you with your professional development throughout the programme.

Find out more

• Discover what Dentons has to offer.

• Learn more about law apprenticeships.

• Gain an insight into the role of a solicitor