Hong Kong Careers

Trainees

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.

Do we only select applicants who have participated in our vacation schemes? 

While participating in our vacation schemes is not a prerequisite to applying for a training contract, many of our trainees have participated in our vacation schemes prior to applying for a training contract.  If you are interested in applying for a training contract with us in the future, we strongly recommend that you also apply to our vacation scheme as this allows you to experience what life is like at Slaughter and May.

Salary

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 (in addition to a maintenance allowance) 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.

 

Vacation schemes

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.

 

Qualified lawyers

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 our Recruitment Team, enclosing a cover letter, a CV (including the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom should be an academic referee), and copies of latest academic transcripts. We accept applications by email or post.

The Recruitment Team
Slaughter and May
47th Floor, Jardine House
One Connaught Place
Central
Hong Kong
E: recruitment.hk@slaughterandmay.com