Application process

Applications for our 2020 intake will open on Monday 16 October.

We welcome applications from everyone who meets the minimum academic standards we set, irrespective of your background or what or where you have studied.

Applications should be made through our online application system.*

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a short form and attach a copy of your covering letter and CV. Your CV should be factual and include legal and non-legal related roles and extra-curricular experiences - it is not necessary to detail the skills you have gained from any of these experiences. Your covering letter should be no more than one side of A4.  We would advise that you use the cover letter to introduce yourself and  to tell us why you are applying.  Be sure to include any additional information you feel is relevant to your application. Cover letters should also be used to explain extenuating circumstances and to address any questions which you may reasonably expect to arise from the CV e.g. any gaps. Please address your covering letter to Janine Arnold, Senior Manager - Trainee Recruitment.

We will also ask you to complete an equal opportunity and diversity form to help us monitor the effectiveness of our equal opportunity and diversity policy. This information is used for monitoring purposes only and will not be used as part of our selection process.

Before applying, you may wish to find out more about the qualities we look for and when to apply. You might also find it helpful to read some application FAQs.

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* Slaughter and May is committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are barrier-free and as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you have any questions, or require any adjustments to be made to the application process or interview process, please contact Janine Arnold, Senior Manager - Trainee Recruitment, via email or on 020 7090 5049.

For all other application, interview or general queries, please contact the Trainee Recruitment Team via email or on 020 7090 4454.

Our recruitment process is specifically designed to enable us to find out more about you as an individual

Janine Arnold, Senior Manager - Trainee Recruitment