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Do I need to complete legal work experience before applying for a training contract?

No. Although completing work experience with us will give you a greater insight into the firm, it is not necessary to have completed work experience with us, or indeed with any other firm, to have a successful training contract application. If you do not have any legal work experience on your CV, you should be sure to demonstrate your interest in and commitment to a career in corporate law.

Can I apply to a winter workshop and a training contract at the same time?

No, we can only accept one application from you. It is not necessary to have completed work experience with us to have a successful training contract application. If you already have legal work experience and/or you feel ready to apply directly for a training contract, we would encourage you to do so. If you would still like to apply for the winter workshop before applying for a training contract, please bear in mind that training contract offers will be made on a rolling basis and we are therefore unable to guarantee the availability of places as we progress with these interviews.

I have already provided all of my percentage results in the online form, do I need to include them in my CV as well?

That is entirely up to you. As long as we have this information on the form, we do not insist that you repeat it on your CV.

Are there minimum A Level requirements?

Good A-Level grades are not a strict requirement. All applications are welcome and will be reviewed by our recruitment partners based on their own merits. If you have any mitigating circumstances that affected any of your academic results, we recommend that you include them in your application.

What information should I include in my cover letter?

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, Head of Trainee Recruitment.

What information should I include in my CV?

We recommend that your CV is no more than 2 sides of A4. The information included should be factual – tell us what you have done, where and when. You should include details of everything you have been involved with, whether or not these activities are related to a career in law. We want to understand your journey and how you spend your time outside of your studies.

I attended school outside of the UK so I do not have GCSE or A Level results. How should I approach this section of the application form?

Please provide details of all equivalent exams taken. You may choose to provide this information in your CV instead. Please also provide an explanation of the grading system either as an additional attachment or in the relevant section of the application form.

My university does not use a percentage grading system. Should I recalculate my marks?

No, you should input your marks as they appear on your academic transcript. Please also provide an explanation of the grading system either as an additional attachment or in the relevant section of the application form.

Some of my exams were cancelled due to COVID-19. How should I approach this section of the application form?

We appreciate that many students will be in this position. Please mention this in your application and include any predicated grades, essay or coursework results you received during those years instead.

I am studying overseas but would like to train as a solicitor in the UK, can I apply for a training contract?

Yes, all applications are welcome. If you require an employment visa to commence work in the UK and you accept a training contract with us, we will provide sponsorship and will assist in co-ordinating the necessary immigration and visa assistance in collaboration with our immigration service providers. We cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted by the Home Office, however the eligibility requirements must be met in advance of a visa application.

I have already completed a law conversion course. Can I apply as a law student?

No. For the purposes of our application process, candidates who have already completed, or who are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to complete, some or all of the modules of the law conversion course should apply for the non-law intake.

If I am already studying the law conversion (Graduate Diploma in Law – GDL), LPC or SQE prep course at another institution (i.e. not at BPP Law School), am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, all applications are welcome. If you are part-way through a law conversion course, you may continue your studies at that institution. However, if you have not yet begun a law conversion course, we will ask you to study the PGDL at BPP Law School. If you are part-way through an LPC or SQE prep course at another institution, we will need to discuss this with you should you receive an offer.

Can I apply to you if I have already accepted a training contract with another firm but have not yet started with the other firm?

No, we will not interview anyone who has accepted a training contract with another firm.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I re-apply?

Candidates who have had an unsuccessful work experience application can still apply for a training contract. Those who have had an unsuccessful training contract application are unlikely to be successful in a subsequent application unless there has been a significant development which alters their application. We do not tend to re-interview candidates for training contracts.

If you have a question which has not been answered here, please contact the Trainee Recruitment Team via email or on 020 7090 4454. (Enquiries only - we do not accept applications by email).

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