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Interview Questions

2018

"The interview lasts an hour and there will be questions about an article that you will have seen shortly before the meeting. It is usually an opinion piece with two arguable sides. It does not matter which side you come down on, just be prepared to defend your position and consider the partners' objections. The interview then turns to your academic choices etc and other things from the CV. It should feel challenging but interesting."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview began by covering aspects of my CV and then focused on more specific aspects in detail."
First year trainee, London
"It was very laid back and conversational so it was possible to steer the discussion to my preferred points of interest."
First year trainee, London
"It was a fairly unstructured discussion about why I had taken particular decisions in my academic career and what my motivations were for becoming a solicitor. I didn't feel as though there were attempts to catch me out."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview was based on my CV and an article on the refugee crisis."
First year trainee, London
"The interview was fairly informal compared to other processes I was involved in. I was provided with a recent Financial Times article to discuss. The partners will generally try to challenge your views and arguments."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked why I was interested in law as well as questions about my degree."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"Strengths and weaknesses, why I picked this firm, what my interests outside the firm were, what I would bring to the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Questions were about me. Nothing technical and nothing I couldn't answer. They genuinely just want to know if you'd be a good fit. Obviously it is useful to know why you want to be a lawyer and why Slaughter and May."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about my general past experience. I was also asked: why law? Why Slaughter and May? They also give you an article to read beforehand and ask you questions in relation to that."
First year trainee, London
"What made me choose to take part in a gardening/allotment society at university. What I thought about an article (provided prior to the interview) discussing imposing caps on directors' pay. What I thought a lawyer did on a daily basis. What I would do if I were asked to advise a client on tax avoidance."
First year trainee, London
"I was given a short article to read written by Boris Johnson on the introduction of a smoking ban in cars. We discussed this for the majority of the interview with the two partners trying to stretch any arguments that I made. We then talked about my politics degree and dissertation and also the financial crisis as I had mentioned it as an area of interest. We also touched upon the connections between politics and law and my personal interests."
First year trainee, London
"To what extent is historical revisionism a valid and necessary part of historiography? Should historians be permitted to reinterpret the past and 're-write' history?"
First year trainee, London
"Expect to argue about a particular topic based on an article you are provided with. It is usually a strong opinion piece on some relevant issue – so be aware of current events."
Second year trainee, London
"General questions about my background/hobbies. Why Slaughters? Why law? The usual really. Quite an intense debate on current affairs from the newspaper article."
First year trainee, London
"I had a debate on whether the voting age should be lowered to 16. I discussed where I would like to be in five years' time and we generally discussed my interests outside of work."
First year trainee, London
"I had a verbal discussion about private investment in schools from commercial bodies. The latter was quite an involved discussion and required having to defend a position firmly."
First year trainee, London

2015

"My interview included a long discussion about whether companies should pay tax on their sales or profits (Amazon/Starbucks, etc. were in the news at the time). Also some discussion on an opinion piece given to me before the interview about Edward Snowden."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to be a lawyer and how I could be sure of this (my background was in non-law). There were also questions about my academic results (including what conclusions I had drawn on my undergraduate thesis) and detailed questions about the article I had been given to read before the interview (these didn´t involve any pre-existing knowledge but were designed to see how I thought). Finally, I was also questions about various issues in the news at the time."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview mainly asked questions about my CV, extra-curricular activities and current affairs. I was not asked anything particularly legal or commercial."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions included: Why law? Why commercial law? What subjects did you find interesting on your degree and why? And why Slaughter and May?"
First year trainee, London
"I was given a thorough grilling on each element of my CV, step-by-step. Other interviewees have been asked about everything from structured finance to post-structuralism."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I was asked: why not be a barrister? Why a law degree and not a History or English Lit degree? How do I manage my hobbies and time?"
Second year trainee, London
"Most of the questions I was asked were based on an article I had just read, and on my CV. The interviewer will play the devil's advocate - don't be unthinkingly stubborn, but don't let them bully you either."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview was primarily focused on discussion of my CV, with a particular focus on why I wanted to be a lawyer (given my background was not in law). The final 20 minutes or so involved discussion of a newspaper article which I was given shortly before my interview to review."
First year trainee, London
"General conversational questions about my time at university and interests. Partly a discussion about an FT article we were given to read in advance, and general commercial discussion."
First year trainee, London
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