We are proud that many regard Slaughter and May to be one of the most prestigious law firms in the world and that governments, multinational corporations and financial institutions trust us with their most sensitive and critical business. But perhaps of greater relevance to you, as you consider your future, is why they should do so.
There are many approaches to law and many firms have outstanding reputations. When you are looking for the place where you will fit best and are most likely to thrive, our advice is to look behind the reputation and try to understand the culture that creates it
Our collegiate environment fosters a spirit of interest in each other’s success. You will find that people are generous with their time.
You will be continually stimulated, because the work is varied; complex transactions for multinational corporations, yes, but also working with smaller clients, which is equally rewarding in other ways.
We’ll train you not only on technical matters, but also on mental approach, commercial awareness, professional skills, delegation, personal impact and more. There’ll be responsibility from an early stage, the opportunity to work alongside partners, mentoring and individual support. You’ll never stop learning, not even as a partner.
A law degree is not essential – only about half of our trainees studied law as undergraduates.
We like people with:
- energy and spark who can relate to those around them
- common sense, integrity and drive
- a range of interests outside of the law
- a sharp intellect – our work is intellectually demanding so the minimum standard we look for is three strong A levels (or equivalent) and either a high 2:1 or a 1st in your first degree
- independent thought
- commercial awareness
- resolve and judgement
- an interesting take on things
- the ability to show grit under pressure
- a good sense of humour
To thrive here, you will also need enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to accept responsibility.