Application FAQs

Should you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact our Trainee Recruitment Team.

It is not necessary to complete a vacation scheme/work experience placement with us, or indeed with any other firm, to secure a training contract here.


That is entirely up to you.


It should include key information about the position you are applying for and any other relevant details, eg an explanation of any gaps in your CV or extenuating circumstances relating to examination results. A lengthy covering letter is not necessary.


Yes, all applications are welcome.


Unfortunately, as we receive such a high number of applications, it is only possible to provide feedback to those who have had an interview with us.


No, we will not interview anyone who has accepted a training contract with another firm. We are signatories to the SRA’s 'Voluntary code to good practice in the recruitment of trainee solicitors', which states that, "Once a student has accepted an offer, the student must inform all other employers who have made an offer or invited them to attend for interview and make no further applications for a training contract".


Candidates who have been interviewed before and not been offered a training contract are unlikely to be successful in a subsequent application.


If you are part-way through the course, you may continue your studies at that institution. However, if you have not yet begun your studies, we will ask you to move to BPP Law School.


If you have recently started the course then, provided that you are not receiving any other financial support, we will fully reimburse your fees.


Slaughter and May is committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are barrier-free and 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 would like to discuss any adjustments you may need to any part of the recruitment process, please contact Janine Arnold, Trainee Recruitment Manager, via email or on 020 7090 5049. or on 020 7090 5049.