Slaughters to open its doors to freshers

Slaughter and May has become the latest major law firm to start targetting first year undergraduates after announcing plans to launch an open day specifically for freshers.

The top 10 law firm plans to invite 50 first year law students to its City headquarters in April 2012 and will cover all travel expenses.  

Graduate recruitment partner Robert Byk said: “We want to allow a range of people to benefit from the experience. We see this as an interactive process where people who remain interested after the open days then have the opportunity to benefit from longer work experience schemes in the following years.”

Students wishing to take part in the insight day will need to submit an online application, together with their CV and covering letter.

Slaughters currently runs vacation schemes for penultimate and final year students during the winter and summer, which gives would-be lawyers the chance to work with associates and trainee solicitors involved in corporate, commercial and finance transactions.

The news arrives following Herbert Smith successfully completing its first two-day event for first year university students, and Hogan Lovells announcing its intention to launch a vacation scheme for freshers next year, which will take the format of an extended version of its open days.

Hogan Lovells intends to pay aspiring lawyers who take part in the week-long placement, with further details set to be finalised later this year.