School students

If you are in Year 12 at school and looking for work placements and insight opportunities, we have two schemes available:

Lead in to Law

This is our two year talent development programme run in partnership with diversity specialists Rare Recruitment. The programme is focused on increasing access to the legal profession for students from socially diverse backgrounds. It offers university application support, office visits, mentoring and work experience. Applications open in autumn each year. To find out more and to apply, visit the Lead in to Law page.


Our Excellerators Programme provides an insight into the many different professions at an international law firm, ranging from lawyers to business services, including legal technology, global client development and responsible business. The weeklong, virtual programme is a chance for students across the UK to gain an insight into working life at Slaughter and May, as well as essential employability skills through interactive workshops, hands-on tasks and networking sessions.

In addition, 20 successful candidates in London and the surrounding area will be offered a place on the Social Mobility Business Partnership’s (SMBP) award winning Work Insight and Skills programme which involves the opportunity to spend time with four major London-based organisations, such as ITV, PWC and England Rugby, to learn about their businesses and career routes.


Excellerators applications are now closed for 2023. Applications are usually open throughout April each year. Follow us on LinkedIn for updates on our Excellerators 2024 programme.

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