Slaughter & May Training Contract Cover Letter Example
[address line 1]
Slaughter & May
One Bunhill Row
Dear [recruitment manager’s name],
I am a final year student at the [University] expected to graduate in [month], [year]. I have achieved a [grade] class degree in [degree name]. I am applying for a training contract to commence in [year]. Please find my CV attached.
I am attracted to Slaughter & May due to your ‘Best Friends’ network. With no exclusive list of ‘Best Friends’, Slaughter & May has a great deal of flexibility – it is able to choose the best firm for the job, thus giving quality local advice. Moreover, the standard of work undertaken by Slaughter & May is obviously very high. I am particularly interested in corporate and financing work, and it excites me to think that I may be working alongside some of the most experienced lawyers in the profession, and on cutting edge deals at the forefront of public attention.
Slaughter & May is unusual in that it encourages trainees to work on a wide variety of matters. This avoids over-specialisation at an early stage and increases the range of seats available. It ensures an informed decision at the end of the two years and places the desirability of a Training Contract with you far above that of other firms. Furthermore, through offering secondments to both international offices and independent law firms Slaughter & May gives trainees the opportunity to gain international exposure and an increased knowledge of clients’ businesses. This is a unique opportunity which I would be keen to take up.
I am interested in becoming a solicitor at a commercial law firm because it will allow me to assume the role of a project manager and will vest me with early responsibility. Having worked at [law firm], I found my interest in corporate and commercial law and realised that it would suit my energetic and convivial personality. Given that commercial law is both transactional and ongoing suggests that I will have to build a rapport with the client and apply strong communication skills coupled with high technical ability when forming a clear picture of the client’s needs and objectives and then explaining what may well be a complex area of law when advising on the best solution. This may require me to liaise with a number of legal departments thus making each day unique, enjoyable and fulfilling work experience.
Having worked for a number of private clients at leading legal firms, [law firm] and [law firm], I can attest to the importance of building and maintaining professional relationships. This, coupled with my fluency in [language], English and [language], would make me a valuable asset when working on cross-border transactions or with international clients.
I would be grateful for the opportunity to attend an interview for which I am available at your convenience.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.