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University students/graduates

If you are at university, or have graduated, and are considering a career as a City lawyer and would like to learn more about training at Slaughter and May, there are many opportunities for you to meet us, either at one of our events or through an open day, work experience scheme or workshop at our London office.

1st year open days

The aim of our 1st year open days is to provide an insight into the legal profession in general and more specifically the work of a City law firm. During the day, you will hear about a recent transaction, get involved in some practical trainee tasks and be given advice on applications and interviews to help you with future applications. You will also have the opportunity to meet with a member of our Trainee Recruitment team for individual feedback on your CV.

Eligibility: Law and non-law students in their first year of undergraduate study only.

Dates of open days: Thursday 2 April 2020, Tuesday 7 April 2020, Wednesday 15 April 2020.

Funding: Reasonable travelling expenses will be reimbursed.

Application dates: Tuesday 1 October 2019 - Friday 31 January 2020. Offers will not be made until after the closing date.

Application process: Online application only. There are no tests or interviews for this vacancy. See ‘What we look for’ and ‘How to apply’ below for more information.

Easter work experience scheme

During the one week Easter work experience scheme your time will be split between sitting in an office with an associate and taking part in training and workshops run by our trainees, associates and partners. This will enable you to experience the day-to-day life of a lawyer and gain a broader understanding of the firm.

Eligibility: Penultimate year undergraduate students (law and non-law). Those spending their third year of undergraduate study abroad can choose to apply in their second or third year.

Dates of scheme: Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April 2020.

Funding: To help cover your expenses while attending a work experience scheme, we will pay you £450 for the week. We are also happy to discuss the possibility of additional financial support for those who require it.

Application dates: Tuesday 1 October 2019 - Friday 13 December 2019. Offers will not be made until after the closing date.

Application process: Online application only. There are no tests or interviews for this vacancy. See ‘What we look for’ and ‘How to apply’ below for more information.

Summer work experience schemes

During the three week scheme you will share an office with an associate in one of our legal groups. The associate will involve you as much as possible in their work. There will also be a trainee solicitor assigned to you. The trainee will help you to settle in and will also be available throughout your stay to answer any questions and assist with any tasks you may be given.

As well as getting involved in legal work and conducting hands-on legal research, you will take part in training, workshops and interactive case studies. There will also be social activities arranged to give you opportunities to talk with partners, associates and trainees outside the office.

At the end of the summer scheme, you will be offered the chance to interview for a training contract.

Eligibility: Penultimate year undergraduate students (law and non-law). Those spending their third year of undergraduate study abroad can choose to apply in their second or third year.

Dates of scheme: Monday 22 June - Friday 10 July 2020 (law students), Monday 13 July - Friday 31 July 2020 (law students), Tuesday 1 September - Friday 18 September 2020 (non-law students)

Funding: To help cover your expenses while attending a work experience scheme, we will pay you £450 per week. We are also happy to discuss the possibility of additional financial support for those who require it.

Application dates: Tuesday 1 October 2019 - Thursday 2 January 2020. Applications will be considered and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

Application process: Online application. See ‘What we look for’ and ‘How to apply’ below for more information.

Successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview in London or, where possible, on campus. If you are spending your third year overseas, we are happy to conduct your interview by Skype. Interviews will take place over a four-week period from the beginning of January.

The interview: The interview will be conducted by a partner and an associate and will last for approximately 45 minutes. They will engage you in a discussion about your CV and on a short current affairs article, which you will be given to read 15 minutes before the interview. You will be able to take notes during this time and can take both the article and your notes into the interview with you. This article will then form part of the discussion in the interview, along with questions relating to your CV, commercial awareness and your motivations for applying to us. They will be looking to you to summarise the main points of the article, to form an opinion on the subject matter and to have a sensible debate on the issues raised. The interviewers will be assessing whether you can assimilate information quickly, identify the relevant issues and articulate and defend your point of view. This is not designed to be a comprehension test or a test to discover your political leanings or beliefs, but you should expect to be challenged on your views and should not be afraid to defend them.

Some example questions that the partners may ask you during the article discussion are:

  • Can you summarise the key issues raised in the article?
  • What are the main themes, arguments and conclusion (if any)?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the arguments put and the position taken in the article and why?
  • Are the arguments provided in the article coherent and logical?
  • Are there relevant issues which are not touched on or developed in the article?
Winter workshops

The two-day workshops are structured to give you an insight into the firm and the work we do. We run a variety of interactive sessions and presentations during the two days and you will have the opportunity to talk informally with partners, associates and trainees during the sessions and during an evening reception on the first day.

Eligibility: Law and non-law finalists and graduates.

Dates of workshops: Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 December 2019, Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 December 2019. (The workshops usually begin around 10am and end by 6pm on each day. The networking reception on the first evening is optional and will finish by 8pm.)  

Funding: Reasonable accommodation and travelling expenses will be reimbursed.

Application dates: Tuesday 1 October 2019 - Friday 8 November 2019. Offers will not be made until after the closing date.

Application process: Online application only. There are no tests or interviews for this vacancy. See ‘What we look for’ and ‘How to apply’ below for more information.

What we look for

We aim to employ the brightest minds regardless of what or where they have studied – you will find graduates from over 84 universities at Slaughter and May.

Background, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religious beliefs and age are all irrelevant to our application process.

We like people with:

  • energy and spark who can relate to those around them
  • common sense, integrity and drive
  • a range of interests outside of the law
  • a sharp intellect – our work is intellectually demanding and we look for three good A levels (or equivalent) and a good 2:1 in your degree
  • independent thought
  • commercial awareness
  • resolve and judgement
  • an interesting take on things
  • the ability to show grit under pressure
  • a good sense of humour

To thrive here, you will also need enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to accept responsibility.

All applications are considered on their own merits and we encourage you to include details of any mitigating circumstances which may have impacted your academic results.

We use the Rare Contextual Recruitment System across all our trainee recruitment activity. The system helps us identify high potential candidates by putting applicants’ grades and achievements in the context of their social and educational background.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications should be submitted using the online form, which can be accessed here. You will be asked to provide some personal details (including a full breakdown of all your examination results) and to attach your cover letter and CV.

Slaughter and May is committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are barrier-free and as 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 require any adjustments to be made to the application and interview process or to attend a work experience opportunity with us, please contact Janine Arnold, Senior Manager - Trainee Recruitment, via email or on 020 7090 5049.

For all other application, interview or general queries, please contact the Trainee Recruitment Team via email or on 020 7090 4454.

Application advice

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 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.