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Can I apply for more than one scheme at the same time?

No, you will only be considered for one scheme.

I am a penultimate year student, should I apply for the Easter or the summer scheme?

If you are available to attend either scheme, we would recommend that you apply for the summer scheme as this is a three week scheme and the Easter scheme is just one week. While the format and programme for the two schemes are similar, the three-week summer scheme gives you more time to settle in to the firm and the opportunity to attend more talks and interactive sessions.

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

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 interviews will be scheduled and offers will be made on a rolling basis. We are therefore unable to guarantee the availability of places as we progress with these interviews.

I am not a first year student, can I still apply for a 1st year open day?

No, only students in their first year of undergraduate study can apply for the 1st year open days. Second year students on a four-year course cannot apply for the 1st year open days.

I am studying a four-year course, when should I apply for work experience?

If you are spending your third year abroad, you have the option to apply for the summer or Easter work experience scheme in your second year or your third year.

If you are not spending your third year overseas, you will need to wait until your third year to apply for our Easter or summer schemes.

I am applying for the 1st year open day but I do not have any exam results yet. How should I approach this section of the application form?

We appreciate that you may not have any results yet. Please mention this in your application and include any predicted grades, essay or coursework results you have received to date if you have them, or just put N/A for this section of the application form.

I am applying for the summer scheme but my first year 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 have received to date instead.

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.

Who should I provide as my referee?

Please provide at least one academic referee. If you are currently in employment you can provide your employer as a second referee. We do not take up references for the 1st year open day so there is no need to provide a referee if you are applying for this vacancy.

I am studying overseas but would like to train as a solicitor in the UK, can I apply for your work experience schemes?

Yes, all applications are welcome. However, we do not sponsor nor provide visas for the purpose of our work experience schemes. If you do not have a British passport or settled status (such as permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain), the offer to attend our work experience scheme is conditional on your having permission to enter or remain in the UK. You must have an immigration status that permits employment. This could be one of the following:

  • Student Visa (Tier 4) - For more information, please see the following link: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa. If we offer you a place on our work experience scheme, this is conditional on you providing a letter from your university confirming that the work experience scheme lies outside your term dates.
  • Youth Mobility Visa (Tier 5) - For more information, please see the following link: https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-youth-mobility
  • UK Ancestry Visa - For more information, please see the following link: https://www.gov.uk/ancestry-visa

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. Please ensure you state your eligibility to work in the UK on your application form. Please also note that we will not reimburse work experience scheme applicants for the cost of any immigration related application submitted in order to partake in the scheme, nor any costs relating to attending the scheme itself (such as overseas travel or transportation).

Do you provide feedback on unsuccessful applications?

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to provide feedback following an interview.

Are your work experience schemes assessed?

No, our work experience schemes are not formally assessed by the Trainee Recruitment Team. For those who complete an Easter or summer scheme, your supervisor will provide us with some written feedback on your time with us.

I am currently studying a two year accelerated law degree, which work experience schemes would I be eligible for?

If you are in your first year of a two year degree, you are eligible to apply to the 1st year open days or the Easter and summer schemes. We would encourage you to apply for the summer scheme.

Can I apply for the Easter or summer work experience scheme if I am in the final year of my undergraduate year, but am planning to study for a masters, GDL or SQE prep course?

The summer work experience scheme is restricted to those in the penultimate year of their undergraduate degree. You should consider the winter workshops which are aimed at finalists and graduates.

I have already completed an undergraduate degree but I am currently in my first year of another undergraduate degree, am I considered a graduate or a first year student?

You would be considered a first year student and would therefore be eligible for the first year open day.

If I complete an Easter or summer scheme, can I interview for a training contract as part of this experience?

We offer training contract interviews at the end of our summer schemes. If you are attending our Easter scheme, you will need to apply for a training contract once you have received your penultimate year exam results.

Do I need to complete work experience with you to be considered 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.

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).