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What we look for in candidates

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Robert Byk, from Slaughter and May shares what we look for in candidates. He tells us that networking, being clear on why you have chosen a career in law and a particular law firm is key when applying for a training contract with Slaughter and May.

We aim to employ the brightest minds regardless of what or where they have studied – you will find graduates from over 65 universities at Slaughter and May.

Background, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religious beliefs and age are all irrelevant to our application process.

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 good A levels (or equivalent) and a good 2:1 in your 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.

All future trainees must study the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in Holborn, London. Those who have not studied law at university will also be required to study the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP.

If you'd like to check out Slaughter and May's current opportunities, visit their profile page here.