The Training Contract During the two-year training contract, trainees turn their hand to a broad range of work, taking an active role in four, five or six legal groups while sharing an office with a partner or experienced associate. All trainees spend at least two six-month seats in our market leading corporate, commercial and financing groups. Subject to gaining some contentious experience, they choose how to spend the remaining time.
Our overseas offices and close working relationships with market-leading law firms in other jurisdictions mean there are opportunities for trainees to apply for a secondment in their second year. Recent trainee secondment destinations include: Australia, Brussels, Dubai, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the USA (mainly New York).
Trainees are also encouraged to understand advances in the legal industry, and possibly even help to shape them, by joining our Innovation Network. The Network has over 200 members including an online forum for publishing thought and insight pieces, and for engaging in debate. Challenging the way we work through open-mindedness, diversity and creativity can have an enormous impact on results for our clients, our efficiency, and our wellbeing.
We have approximately 80 vacancies for trainee solicitors each year. Starting salaries begin at £45,000 for the first year of training, and rise to £51,000 in the second year. We look for candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds with a good 2:1 at undergraduate level from any university, and take an equal mix of law and non-law graduates. We use the Rare Contextual Recruitment System across all our trainee recruitment activity. The system helps us to identify high potential candidates by putting applicants’ grades and achievements in the context of their social and educational background.
What we are looking for
Our trainees come from a range of universities – it is the quality of the candidate, not the university that is important to us. We like people with:
a sharp intellect
independent thought and curiosity
energy, spark and commitment
the ability to relate to others
common sense and judgement
a range of interests outside of the law
an interesting take on things
resolve and resilience
a good sense of humour
a willingness to take on responsibility
Good A levels and good 2.1 marks at undergraduate degree level (or equivalent)
Accepted degree subjects
Additional job details
Number of vacancies
How to apply
Applications should be submitted using the online form. 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. 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 encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible during an application window. Interviews will be scheduled and training contract offers will be made on a rolling basis. We are unable to guarantee the availability of places as we progress with these interviews.
Law – 2022 (law penultimate year, finalists and graduates): 01/06/20 – 10/07/2020 Applications are considered, and offers are made, on a rolling basis. We cannot guarantee that places will be available by the application deadline date.
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