Get the inside buzz from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"An exciting challenge that brings a sense of fulfilment."
8.1 / 10
Formal Training
8.9 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
7.5 / 10
7.0 / 10
6.7 / 10
Pro Bono
7.6 / 10


  • Internal and external training are both extensive and well-organised.
  • There are no billable hours targets.
  • A collegiate atmosphere with good teamwork.
  • Very high retention rate.


  • Workloads can be unpredictable, making it difficult to know when late nights will be.
  • The firm has very high expectations, which can make trainees feel pressured.
  • May not be as sociable as other firms.
  • While the salary is very good, it is towards the bottom of the magic circle.

What insiders say about...

"The interview is focused on your CV, so it is well worth ensuring that you are totally..."

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"Beyond qualification, all solicitors are associates, theoretically equal in rank..."

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"Pro bono projects that are available include: law centre volunteering; GCSE tutoring;..."

"The firm treats its staff well and people are for the most part happy working here...."

"The unpredictability of my workload."

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"Generally quite good but has become less so in the last couple of years."

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"There should be more opportunities for international secondment."

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