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Slaughter and May Frequently Asked Questions

Find out all the answers to your burning questions about Slaughter and May. 

How many training contract vacancies are available?

Slaughter and May has approximately 95 training contract vacancies for solicitors each year.

Are there any overseas opportunities?

Slaughter and May’s 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: US (NYC and California), France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.

What are Slaughter and May looking for in their trainees?

The firm’s trainees come from a range of universities, as they believe it is the quality of the candidate, not the university that is important. Slaughter and May like people with: a sharp intellect, independent thought and curiosity, commercial awareness, energy, spark and commitment, the ability to relate to others, common sense and judgement and integrity, to name a few traits.

How can I get the chance to get involved with the firm?

Slaughter and May offers open days, workshops and work experience schemes to enable you to gain an insight into life as a commercial lawyer. Full details of these opportunities can be found on their website. 

What benefits are available to Slaughter and May employees?

The firm offers several different benefits. These include: 30 days of annual leave, up to £3,000 interest-free loan on joining, life assurance, qualification leave, a subsidised restaurant and coffee bar, a concierge service, a variety of entertainment benefits at London theatres and galleries and social and networking events, including an annual dinner dance.