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Exclusive - Slaughter and May sacks two trainees before they even start

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30 April 2018 18:38

Slaughter and May has terminated the training contracts of two of its future trainees after they failed modules on the LPC.

Law firms have differing approaches when it comes to showing clemency to future trainees who flunk exams. Freshfields and Norton Rose have traditionally been charitable, Herbert Smith has not. But it's possibly unsurprising that the firm which prides itself on being the gold standard when it comes to black letter law takes a zero tolerance approach. Still, it's pretty hard luck on the unfortunate students who, having won the golden ticket in the law, will now be scrabbling around to find a job pretty much anywhere.

  At least they can still tell their mates they work at S&M...

The news comes just a week after Ince & Co kicked out a trainee in his first year for failing to perform at an adequate level. Gone are the days of getting away with being a bit slack prior to qualification...

A spokesman for Slaughters said 'our trainees are required to pass all the modules of the LPC at the first attempt. Unfortunately, these two students did not pass. If they are able to resit their papers and have that classed as a first attempt, we would of course accept them back.'
  

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anonymous user
01/05/2018 12:14
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and this is newsworthy because.....?
anonymous user
01/05/2018 12:39
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They definitely won't be getting their TCs back now that they've squealed about the story to RoF...
anonymous user
01/05/2018 17:06
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there's one every few years
anonymous user
01/05/2018 17:49
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S&M have form for this; pretty certain this happened to a few trainees this time last year but it wasn't reported.
anonymous user
03/05/2018 13:40
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The LPC is dead easy. Don't blame S&M one bit.

Love the statement "if they are able to resit... and have that classed as a first attempt"; in other words, no you silly millennial, a resit is not a first attempt
anonymous user
04/05/2018 09:46
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To anon at 13:40, regarding this comment:

"Love the statement "if they are able to resit... and have that classed as a first attempt"; in other words, no you silly millennial, a resit is not a first attempt "

Just to clarify what they mean by that statement, BPP and Ulaw both have policies whereby if you fail one module on the GDL or the LPC then your whole mark is capped at 50%, the absolute lowest pass mark. Both schools will take into account mitigating circumstances, and if they consider them to be good enough they'll class a re-sit as a first attempt. S&M were saying there that it is now down to BPP to judge the mitigating circumstances and decide if they warrant the re-sits to be a first attempt or not.

From what I've heard, BPP and Ulaw will very use their discretion to make re-sits first attempts.