Every year we have places for graduates wishing to enter into a two year training contract. We welcome applications from undergraduates and postgraduates. Our aim is that our trainees stay with us on qualification and pursue their careers at Slaughter and May.
What are we looking for in our trainees?
To thrive in our environment and to take full advantage of the opportunities available to you, you will need to demonstrate intellect, enthusiasm, commitment and an ability to get on well with our clients and others. Above all we are looking for people with common sense and a willingness to accept responsibility.
What exam results do we ask for?
Our work is intellectually demanding. The minimum standard we are looking for is the equivalent of three strong grades at A-level and the equivalent of a first degree of good 2:1 standard or better - or other equivalent qualifications. We also require an appropriate reference from a tutor or another person who knows you and your work.
What courses do you need to attend before your training contract starts?
Before joining us as a trainee you will either have a law degree or have passed the Common Professional Examination ("CPE") or Graduate Diploma in Law ("GDL"). In addition, you will have passed the Postgraduate Certificate of Laws ("PCLL"). We have no preference as to which PCLL course you attend.
Our aim is to remunerate all our legal staff (including trainees) at the top end of the current market rates. We review trainee salaries at least once a year.
PCLL tuition fees
Our current policy is to pay our prospective trainees' course tuition fees for the PCLL course in Hong Kong. This assistance is, of course, provided on the basis that prospective trainees do in fact join us after passing the PCLL course.
We run vacation schemes during the winter and summer vacations for those considering law as a career and who have completed at least one year of a first degree course.
The principal aim of our vacation schemes is to give you an opportunity to experience the work and day to day life of a young solicitor. During your time with us, you will work with associates and trainees involved in corporate, commercial and financing transactions. In addition, we organise a programme of training, including seminars and presentations, and social events.
We accept applications throughout the year and offer places as we receive applications. Therefore, we encourage applications to be submitted as early as possible. We do not interview for places on our vacation schemes.
If you are unable to secure a vacation placement with us, this should not deter you from applying for a training contract. Many of our trainees did not gain work experience with us before joining.
We are always happy to receive applications from qualified lawyers who meet our general criteria.
Applications and enquiries
If you would like to apply for a position with us, please write to Cecilia Ching, our Office Manager, enclosing a CV, including details of all examination results and the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom should be an academic referee. We accept applications by email or post.
Slaughter and May
47th Floor, Jardine House
One Connaught Place