City law firm Slaughter and May has taken the radical step of discontinuing its rolling application process for would-be trainee solicitors.
The firm, which is famed for being ultra-conservative, has set 5pm on Friday 30 July as the deadline for submitting applications for training contracts starting in 2012. The move brings Slaughters’ application deadline in line with that of its rivals. However, unlike its rivals, the firm remains one of a few to still require students to submit a CV and cover letter as part of its online application as opposed to completing a competency-based application form.
Slaughters will, however, continue to accept applications for 2013 training contracts on a rolling basis.
The news comes after Slaughters was forced to close training contract applications to non-law students earlier than usual last year for its 2011-12 intake (see story).