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Responsibility:
2.6/5
 
Work Life Balance:
2.3/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.1/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.4/5
 
Company Culture:
3.2/5
 
Career Progression:
3.1/5
 
Colleagues:
3.5/5
 
Training:
3.9/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.1/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.2/5
 

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Application Advice:

Ensure your CV is pristine and know it inside out. If there are any gaps (e.g. poor academic grades, a lack of extra-curricular activities, large periods of irrelevant activities/work), expect these to be explored. Prepare credible reasons as to why those gaps exist.

Interview Advice:

Expect a detailed and probing run-through of your CV and an in-depth discussion on the academic article you are provided with prior to the interview. Do not be alarmed if one or both of your interviewers challenges you at every turn: this is probably intended to see how you react under pressure and how you think outside of your comfort zone. Have a couple of practice interviews if you can.

Trainee Solicitor, at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Be concise.

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic.

Associate, Competition at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Don't apply unless you enjoy a challenge - very often you are thrown in the deep end

Trainee Solicitor, at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

There are two application routes: work experience (formerly called vacation scheme) applications and training contract applications. The work experience route enables you to spend 2 weeks at the firm before being interviewed for the training contract. In contrast, if you apply directly to the training contract you will only spend a day at the firm being interviewed and completing the exercises that are part of the interview process. I would strongly encourage applicants, if possible, to apply for work experience - it will give you a more complete picture of the firm's dynamics and you will be better informed as to whether this is the right environment for you.

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Application Advice:

Make sure you understand why you want to work at this particular firm instead of any other. Furthermore, be enthusiastic about everything you have done so far and hope to do in the future.

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Application Advice:

Keep your cover letter short and to the point. It's not a poetry competition.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to talk fluently and confidently about issues related to business and finance. If you cannot do that, I wouldn't bother attending.

Trainee Solicitor, at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Research the firm carefully, because it is different to the other Magic Circle and big US corporate law firms in London. The vacation schemes and open days are great for getting a feel for the firm, but not essential by any means (I didn't do one).

Interview Advice:

The interview is the main component of the process - you don't have to go through dozens of online tests or forms. For training contracts, you are interviewed by two partners. Expect to be quizzed on the items on your CV and covering letter and to engage in the discussion - your ideas might be challenged on occasion so be prepared to push back now and again (without being overly defensive).

Trainee Solicitor, at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Read The Economist

Interview Advice:

Stay calm and expect to have your opinions challenged

Trainee Solicitor, Competition at Slaughter & May
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Interview Advice:

Stand your ground. Interviews often involve arguing your point of view.

TRAINEE SOLICITOR, at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Read CV and covering letter carefully - pay attention to sentence structure.

Interview Advice:

Consider questions before answering, brush up on topical legal / commercial issues.

Trainee Solicitor, at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Be different.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

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Application Advice:

The application process is the simplest in City law - just a CV and a short application form. Be honest and enthusiastic, and understand Slaughters' international strategy, multispecialist approach and billing policy.

Interview Advice:

Again, be honest and enthusiastic, and expect the unexpected. Try not to be fazed by arguments - they are keen to test your mettle.

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Application Advice:

Pay attention to detail in everything you do, both for the application and in other endeavours e.g. university essays, emails, etc. Proofread everything as mistakes leave a bad impression. These skills will really come in handy on the training contract so it is useful to develop and practice them early on. If applying to Slaughter and May, be yourself. There is no particular type of candidate here. Be professional and interested in learning more about the work of the firm.

Interview Advice:

Really think about why it is you want to practice in commercial law (or whatever area). You need cogent reasons. I had not studied commercial law before, so knew little about it (that's what the LPC is for), but expressing an interest in providing excellent client service helps to demonstrate commercial awareness. Be yourself; the partners will soon work out if you're trying to be something you are not. Do not be intimidated by other people who appear more suited to the role than you; bravado is rarely appreciated in interviews. One of the partners once told me that in the interviews they are looking for academic ability (obviously), commitment to hard work, and a personable person, i.e. someone who could work well with others. Also, bear in mind that a lot about interviews and applications is down to pure luck and all you can do is give it your best shot.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

The vast majority of successful candidates are educated at Oxford or Cambridge, so ideally you should try to go to one of those two universities.

Make sure your cover letter is well written and you have interesting extra-curricular things to talk about. There are no psychometric tests or long application forms asking about using leadership, working as part of a team or overcoming adversity, so the cover letter is key.

Interview Advice:

The interview is basically just a conversation about your CV, so make sure you know that very well. It is actually quite a relaxed process, even though it is an hour long interview with two partners. They are looking for you to show that you are interested in working at the firm and also that you are an interesting person, so it won't all be legal questions.

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Application Advice:

Tailor your CV to the firm - don't be generic. State what attracts you to this firm in particular.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - the interviewers want to get a feel for who you are and whether you will fit in at the firm rather than grill you.

Trainee, Corporate at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Be interesting

Interview Advice:

Do not be afraid to express a view.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Don't be afraid to be yourself but do make sure you have excellent grades and are a well-rounded person.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to justify your point.

Trainee Solicitor, at Slaughter & May
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Interview Advice:

Know your CV inside out - it will be the basis for your interview.
Prepare to be challenged and pushed on points. Best approach is to engage with the interviewer and have a conversation, can't really prepare too much, questions you were asked etc

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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Try not to use too many superlatives

Interview Advice:

Don't act like you're infallible

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Be honest on your application and ensure you highlight areas of interest outside of academia

Interview Advice:

Take your time. Answer the questions asked of you and don't try to 'blag' it. If you don't know how to answer a question, say so, or ask the interviewer to re-word it. Try to relax - you have been invited to the interview because the firm is interested in you.

Trainee Solicitor, Competition at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Avoid long, convoluted cover letters - try and find a few clear sentences which describe why you want to work at Slaughter and May.

Interview Advice:

Commercial awareness is key - keep up with developments in business and politics, e.g. by reading the FT every day.

Trainee Solicitor, Competition at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Avoid errors. Make your applicaiton reflect attention to detail in everything. That doesn't just mean avoiding spelling and grammar errors. It also means presenting your application in an eye-catching and professional way, and showing that you have paid attention to what makes this firm different from its competitors.

Be creative. This is a very conservative firm, but it likes creative thinkers. So be creative, not by doing anything a man in a grey flannel suit would consider embarrassing, but by saying something thoughtful, insightful, or unusual.

Interview Advice:

The interviewer may disagree with you about a great many things, but this will be deliberate - he or she will simply be testing your ability to defend your position calmly and intelligently. Be diplomatic but firm.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate/M&A at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Proof-read it about 100 times.

Interview Advice:

Be able to justify everything in your cover letter and CV.

Trainee Solicitor, Tax at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

'Slaughter and May', and not 'Slaughter & May'

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Read up on commercial awareness and current affairs.
Be tenacious.
Have a sense of humour.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and don't back down just because they challenge you.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate – Insurance at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

As the application process is very simple, you must make sure that there is something "attention grabbing" in yours. Your grades will show your academic ability, your application must showcase your personality.

Interview Advice:

The interview is designed around a newspaper article - read the financial press, so you don't get caught out by something you don't understand. The partners are really interested in your views - don't sit on the fence, it will get you nowhere.

Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Get as much information as possible before applying - open days, vacation schemes etc
Quality of applications is more important than quantity

Interview Advice:

Interview technique is a skill most people have to develop through practice. Do not be disappointed if you do not get positive responses from your first few interviews. It is important to learn from each experience.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Discretion is the better part of valour. If there's no need to say anything else on your application, don't waffle.

Interview Advice:

Both at interviews and once you join the firm, a rounded knowledge of current affairs is valued here, above simply reading the business pages.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Apply for a vacation scheme at the firm before applying for a training contract to see if you enjoy the environment. Apply at the first available opportunity as places fill up.

Interview Advice:

Prepare thoroughly and be relaxed with the interviewers.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Study hard.

Interview Advice:

Practice summarising articles and forming arguments.

Trainee solicitor, Corporate at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

The application process is very simple - cover letter with CV and interview.

Keep your cover letter relatively short and make sure there aren't any errors in it.

The interview is just a general chat about you, your studies etc. You will have to read an article which you will discuss in your interview - you just need to have an opinion on the subject matter and be able to defend your position. You don't have to do a commercial case study (as you do for lots of other law firms).

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Get work experience at city firms before applying for the training contract, be up to date on current affairs, and write a short concise cover letter - if it is long and rambling there is just more scope for errors.

Interview Advice:

Know your CV and dissertation well, that is where my questions focused. Don't be afraid to stand your ground if the interviewers disagree with your point of view, they are looking to challenge you.

Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Keep your CV short and interesting.

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic at interview.

Trainee, Various at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, not who you think Slaughter and May wish to recruit. The people at this firm are so diverse that you will be doing yourself no favours by pretending to be what you think they want to see.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Be confident. Be on your toes.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate M&A at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

Tailor your application to the firm.

Interview Advice:

Relax.

Trainee, at Slaughter & May
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Application Advice:

The firm has high academic standards and therefore a good degree is essential. However, I think they are also looking for people who have developed interests outside the classroom.

Interview Advice:

Tray and engage in a thoughtful discussion on the article subject.

Trainee, Competition at Slaughter & May
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