Graduate Recruitment & Development Coordinator

Purpose of role

This role encompasses apprenticeship and graduate recruitment, as well as development programmes and work experience. The individual will work with the Graduate Recruitment & Development team to provide support, guidance, tools and frameworks, internally and externally, in order to attract, select and retain high quality graduate and school leaver talent. 

While the focus of the role is the UK, internal advice and guidance is often  given to offices across Europe and the Middle East.

The role's focus, in addition to the other team members, is to ensure that Dentons' is externally recognised as the leading and preferred employer of emerging talent within the legal industry and that internally Dentons' actively engages with emerging talent and operates best practice, legal, inclusive and ethical resourcing principles.


Relationship Management

  • Actively work with relevant Dentons' employees and Partners to ensure that they are fully aware of the graduate and school leaver recruitment & development strategy and their role in delivering that strategy

  • Partner with relevant Dentons' HR employees to ensure that the delivery of the strategy is streamlined and efficient

  • Forge strong, productive and mutually beneficial relationships with relevant publications, websites, careers advisors, students, student groups and brand ambassadors

  • Proactively manage the external relationships with schools, colleges and universities and act as the first point of contact for careers advisors, students, student groups and brand ambassadors

  • Work closely with the current trainees, apprentices and associates to encourage them to be move actively involved in the attraction and selection of external graduates and apprentices

  • Manage relationships with 3rd party partner organisations including law schools, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Law Society of Scotland (LSS

  • Work closely with the Dentons' HR Services Centre (DBSE) to ensure that they have the materials and tools required to manage their aspect of the process

  • Proactively manage the day to day relationship with the HR Services Centre (DBSE) and to act as the first point of contact for any queries


  • Deliver the adverts and communication materials as defined within the marketing and attraction strategy.This includes working with the HR Services Centre (DBSE), as well as uploading adverts to Dentons' systems, university, school & college websites and job boards

  • Book, co-ordinate and attend job fairs and events; this includes liaising with the relevant internal and external contacts, arranging attendees and co-ordinating required materials

  • Arrange, promote and co-ordinate skills development sessions with schools, colleges and universities

  • Arrange, promote and co-ordinate in-house and external networking and skills development sessions


  • Arrange, co-ordinate and facilitate assessment centres across the UK – London, Milton Keynes and Scotland

  • Actively manage all applications and candidate status changes through the applicant tracking system

  • Proactively identify and manage all applications that have declared a disability or named client or Partner contact

  • In conjunction with the Graduate Recruitment Advisor, arrange and co-ordinate all vacation scheme activity; including allocation of placements, skills assessments and feedback

  • Screen apprenticeship applications

  • Conduct trainee and apprenticeship first interviews

  • Co-ordinate and conduct feedback sessions following interviews and assessment centres

Offers and On-boarding

  • Extend verbal offers to successful candidates

  • Co-ordinate with the HR Services Centre (DBSE) regarding the offer and on-boarding process

  • In conjunction with the Graduate Recruitment Manager and Graduate Recruitment Adviser, define and co-ordinate 'keep in touch' strategy (takes place during the period between offer and start date)


  • In conjunction with the Trainee Development Advisor and Talent Development team, facilitate the annual trainee and apprenticeship induction programmes

  • Facilitate the administration for client and international secondments including producing secondment letters, organising visas and accommodation

  • Manage the trainee SRA/LSS registration and admission processes

  • Co-ordinate with the HR Services Centre (DBSE) regarding the Newly Qualified (NQ) offer process


  • Act as a brand ambassador during internal and external events

  • Processing of maintenance grants and tuition fees

  • Oversee work experience requests, including advising the relevant partner/manager on the Firm policy and updating the HR Services Centre (DBSE) on placements
  • Producing management information and dashboards

  • Responsible for processing and data cleansing in line with GDPR, in conjunction with the HR Services Centre (DBSE)

Required experience, skills and attributes

  • The ability and willingness to travel throughout the UK to attend in-house and external events
  • Preferably educated to degree level or equivalent

  • Previous experience/education within a recruitment, HR and/or legal environment

  • Preferred experience within a volume environment and/or event planning and management

  • Proficient user of the MS Office suite and preferably an understanding of recruitment systems

  • Ability to manage a varied and demanding workload in a fast paced environment

  • Ability to quickly build rapport with internal and external contacts at all levels

  • Excellent time management and organisational skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the confidence to present to large groups

  • Exceptional attention to detail, high levels of accuracy and a commitment to high quality standards

  • Proactive in seeking ways to improve

  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently

  • Awareness of relevant employment legislation and its application

  • Basic understanding of third party management principles

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

The firm

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

Diversity & Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email


If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email – Enquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that we will not accept unsolicited CV's sent to the business, nor will we accept any associated terms of business.

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