Slaughter and May to launch legal operations grad scheme

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Will initially recruit two grads

Slaughter and May’s London office

Slaughter and May is the latest law firm to offer graduates the opportunity to pursue careers in new and emerging legal roles.

The magic circle firm’s new legal operations scheme, which runs parallel to its training contract, is expected to launch later this year and run for a two-year period. It does not lead to qualification as a solicitor.

It will see two graduates work within the firm’s knowledge, innovation and legal technology departments, as well as the legal project management and business intelligence teams. Further details are expected in the coming months.

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Slaughter and May isn’t the first magic circle law firm to offer an alternative to the traditional training contract.

Linklaters launched a legal operations graduate scheme in March 2020 covering core business functions such as project management, innovation and pricing, and its first cohort started in the summer of last year. Allen & Overy created a tech-focused grad scheme in 2018 that leads to a qualification in project management, while Clifford Chance started a similar programme for school-leavers.

Beyond the magic circle, Norton Rose Fulbright has run a business and legal operations scheme for graduates since 2018, while Ashurst has a programme for graduates looking to qualify in non-traditional legal service areas.

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Why have you removed the like buttons, that was the only reason for visiting this site – May as well go to ROF now



May as well get a life now while you’re at it



A comment worthy of a like if ever there was one.



If you’re annoyed by the like feature being disabled then you seriously need to re-evaluate your life and priorities and that goes for any other person reading who is also angry about a like/dislike button being removed lmao



Or they just want a quick way to scroll to the comments drawing the most attention – there’s a reason most news outlets have a similar feature be it FT or Daily Mail



The readers of FT have an account and also they are sensible prudent readers which means they can only like it once and cannot spam the button.

Funny how the individual saying ‘duh’ is actually the idiot themself looool


James R

Looks like it’s you who has been spamming the like and dislike buttons recently?

On every single article the comments have blatantly been altered in this way to suit an agenda.

Of course you would spam the comments now begging for LC to bring it back.

You need a hobby and a life m8


man with no understanding of anything

This is why UK firms are less profitable than US firms xd xd xd xd






Oh no poor you!!!

Looks like you have to find something else to do with your time than spend hours spamming the like and dislike button to get your ratio which in the real world means absolutely nothing.

Get a grip and grow up.

People seriously need to get a like jheez as if they’re angry over the like button being taken away looool



The anger over the like and dislike buttons being removed shows how so many people seeking careers in law are the types to continually seek validation, as well as show their contempt for others



Couldn’t have put it better myself.

People were really trying to push an agenda over certain law firms and universities and many other law career related things to compare on.

People trying to make themselves feel better about themselves for having X vac scheme or Y training contract etc.

I think removing the like/dislike button is the only thing to save Legal Cheek. It was becoming a site for children to have arguments online with strangers over silly things which actual lawyers don’t care about in real life


Ok boomer


The law is a profession with: systemic levels of performance anxiety, imposter syndrome, and the general stresses caused by extreme competition (even just to start the career); a working environment that stifles displaying one’s personality for fear of not fitting in with a conservative office culture; and a reputation for rewarding good work with more work, accompanied by crushing deadlines, rather than praise – but Heaven help you if you miss a typo when proofing a partner’s draft.


Ok boomer

Soooo an entire line about given how bad the profession spamming people on the internet and getting validation by like buttons might be the only catharsis a lawyer may get all week has been stripped out of this. Perhaps because I had given an example by poking fun of a specific law firm that is terrible but maybe a LC sponsor?

Shame on you, LC editors. Shame on you.


Do not know how many times it needs to be said: do not go into legal operations / a non fee-earning role unless you have no other choice.

My first week as a trainee at a law firm I walked past a senior associate screaming down the phone at someone in Manchester. Their crime: they had spent too much time proof-reading a very long document. The partner subsequently asked me to take a look and to take “quite a few hours”.

In my second seat, a partner was screaming at a member of the billing team for being late with invoices (when the delay was the fault of her own associates who hadn’t done proper narratives).

I’ve even seen other trainees sneering at “the help” who didn’t go to private school and are either working-class or ethnic, even if said “help” is quite senior in the legal ops team.

Bottom of the ladder, with no rungs above you to climb.



The votes gave the silenced majority the ability to speak up against the leftist woke diversity nonsense that is being forced on the profession. But that presumably did not go down with the virtue-signalling PR departments of law firms and chambers that fund the site.


Anonymous get a grip

Lol what are you talking about.

What comments allowed you to speak up about “lefty nonsense” , the vast majority of comments involved the same old us firm vs uk firm debates and debates about BPP/Ulaw.


get a grip, Anonymous get a grip

“debates about BPP/ULaw”

i think that the LC comments section has reached the consensus that there is nothing to debate, they’re both shet, and it doesn’t matter which one you go to




There was no debate about the two. They are just as bad as each other and everyone acknowledged that

Students were just ranting about the atrocious mismanagement and abysmal teaching at both



No covid reward? Cheapskates


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