Get the inside buzz from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"Intellectual, good reputation, top-tier."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
8.1 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.9 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
 
Hours
7.5 / 10
 
Salary
7.0 / 10
 
 
Diversity
6.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.6 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"The application consisted of CV and cover letter, then a couple of written tests..."

"Friendly atmosphere at work, but in my experience not a great deal of socialisin..."

"There are several devoted training sessions on legal topics, as well as on more general..."

"Personally, I think my supervisor (a junior-midlevel associate) is fantastic. He..."

"Offices are modern, clean and comfortable. The dress code is very formal."

"I'm in Corporate so it's a biased experience. I live with two other lawyers who have..."

"Trainee pay is absolutely fine. New qualifier salary does not look that great considering..."

"Interest free loan before starting is a big plus."

"Slaughter and May were unusual in that they only required a CV and covering letter..."

"I was asked: why not be a barrister? Why a law degree and not a History or English..."

"Committed environmental team introducing systemic changes (eg recycling bins in every..."

"Strong commitment to diversity that does not match its reputation. A significant..."

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

"Good quality of work right from the outset of qualification. Good levels of client..."

"There are many opportunities to get involved in pro bono work. I volunteer as a tutor..."

"The opportunity to work with and learn from very gifted lawyers."

"High pressure: must pass LPC first time."

"Several factors encouraged me to apply to Slaughter and May: the firm's reputation,..."

"They offer you a training contract because they expect you to qualify here."

"Slaughter and May gets more high-value UK government work than any other firm."

"Smart lawyers assisting smart clients."

"Social mobility is difficult to address - not everyone attended public/private school,..."

"You manage your workload, so you control your stress levels. When it's busy. I admit..."

"Ask supervisors to give more feedback."

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