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Slaughter and May Application Process

Find out the steps you need to go through in order to succeed in the application process at Slaughter and May. 


Slaughter and May have approximately 95 vacancies for trainee solicitors each year. They look for candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds with a good 2:1 at undergraduate level from any university, and take law and non-law graduates. The firm uses the Rare Contextual Recruitment System across all their trainee recruitment activities. The system helps them to identify high potential candidates by putting applicants’ grades and achievements in the context of their social and educational background.

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 the Firm 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.

The Firm encourages candidates to submit their application as early as possible during an application window. Training contract offers will be made on a rolling basis. They are unable to guarantee the availability of places as we progress with these interviews.