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Formal Training

8.9 / 10

(based on 39 ratings in 2016)

2016

"There is a lot of training (this can be challenging during a busy period) spread out across the training contract. There are a lot of finance and accounting based courses in particular."
First year trainee, London
"Some training sessions are very good for providing an overview of our legal knowledge in practice. The purely legal ones are less helpful than the ones focused on practical aspects."
First year trainee, London
"Excellent variety of legal training and soft skills. There is department, firm-wide and trainee-specific training. I think it is one of the key factors that makes the firm stand out."
First year trainee, London
"Lots of training, all very good. Some given by internal people, some external."
Second year trainee, London
"There are several devoted training sessions on legal topics, as well as on more general things like IT. The first two weeks of the training contract is an induction into all things Slaughter and May and corporate law. The training is complemented by a wide variety of volunteer and pro bono opportunities that further help you enhance skills that include public speaking, negotiating, speaking with clients and writing client letters."
First year trainee, London
"We have a comprehensive training programme, which includes a fortnight of training when you first join and then regular training sessions both as a cohort and within your group. Sometimes these are not pitched at the right level and sometimes they fall at odd times relative to the seat you are in, but by and large they are useful."
First year trainee, London
"The firm provides the formal professional skills course training, 'trainee in practice' sessions (which focus on particular skills) and the City programme (which improves commercial awareness). There are also optional group or firm-wide training sessions multiple times a week."
First year trainee, London
"Best in the industry by far according to the discussions I have had with my peers at other firms. I have picked up very good IT skills, commercial/finance/accounting skills, industry knowledge (eg oil and gas) and very good legal analysis skills."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Training at the firm is very extensive. Some weeks can have up to eight-nine hours of training. Training can be group training, general practice stream training, trainee training or firm-wide training. Training sessions are flexible and if you miss one, they are automatically rescheduled to your next seat."
First year trainee, London
"The firm´s training programmes are of very high quality, with firm-wide training, departmental-specific training and trainee-specific training all being provided on a wide range of legal and commercial topics. One of the major benefits of my training contract has been the amount that I´ve been able to learn about different industry areas and legal topics from people who are acknowledged experts in their fields."
Second year trainee, London
"Excellent training is given at the firm. External experts often deliver very useful and interesting training. A couple of really excellent sessions were confidence and communication, and presentation skills."
First year trainee, London
"The training we receive is extremely strong and diverse. It ranges from broad overview to very detailed, allowing you to create your own informal training programme following your interests, alongside compulsory training. Always well attended because of the quality of training."
Second year trainee, London
"Training is very intensive and is taken extremely seriously. This allows trainees to acquire breadth of knowledge, as well as depth in what they are actually working on."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Regular training is provided, including group training by members of your department."
First year trainee, London
"Outstanding training, both internal and external. Well organised and thorough."
Second year trainee, London
"Slaughter and May has a very good (and extensive) formal training programme. In addition to mandatory trainee training, all groups provide their own training (which trainees are expected to attend), and there is an extensive firm-wide training programme on points of general interest. Given the expertise of the people who provide internal training, you get a very good grounding in the law from being able to attend."
First year trainee, London
"The training here is very comprehensive, covering every conceivable practice area and a number of banking/accounting areas as well."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Training programme is comprehensive and well put together. Usually delivered by partners or senior associates who are at the heights of their power in their respective practice areas."
Second year trainee, London
"Excellent - plenty of training on lots of different subjects. From organised, compulsory trainee training to firm-wide sessions on recent transactions and group sessions on particularly relevant areas of law."
Second year trainee, London
"We get a lot of training. The only problem is a lot gets thrown at you at once so it's hard to take in."
First year trainee, London
"We have a very thorough training programme that covers legal skills and soft skills and the firm takes training very seriously. There is firm-wide training, department training and trainee training."
Second year trainee, London
"Excellent. Beyond comparison. On average, five hours of training a week. Accounting training, business skills, people and communication, presentation skills."
First year trainee, London
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