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.


Your cover letter should tell us about you, why you are interested in a career in law and why you are applying to Slaughter and May. You should also include any other information which you think may be relevant to your application. Please ensure that your cover letter is no longer than one side of A4 and address it to Janine Arnold, Senior Manager – Trainee Recruitment.


We are unable to accept an application for all three open days at the same time. We would recommend that you apply for your preferred date and mention in your covering letter which dates you can attend.


We are unable to accept an application for both the Easter and Summer work experience scheme at the same time. If you would like to apply for both, you should apply for your preferred scheme and, once you have heard back from us regarding this application, you can submit a further application for the other scheme of your choice.


We run winter workshops for finalists and graduates. The purpose of the winter workshop is to provide the opportunity to experience what life as a trainee solicitor would be like. However, if you have already decided that the role of a trainee solicitor is for you, we would recommend that you apply directly for a training contract. Please note that we are unable to accept an application for both the winter workshop and a training contract at the same time. If you would like to apply for both, you should apply for the workshop first and, once you have heard back from us regarding this application, you can submit a further application for a training contract.


We are unable to accept an application for both workshops at the same time. We would recommend that you apply for your preferred date and mention in your covering letter if you can attend both.


We would consider you as a penultimate year student, so you can apply for our summer work experience scheme now or a training contract at the end of your first year.


Unfortunately not. Although we run work experience schemes, we receive a very large number of applications for the relatively few places which are available so we restrict our offers to students who have commenced their undergraduate degree.


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 for the summer work experience scheme and were not offered a place can still apply for a training contract. However, those who have been interviewed for a training contract before and not been made an offer 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.