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August 27, 2021
Clifford Chance is a renowned, international law firm with exceptional opportunities for trainees, including extensive training and support, with client and international secondments. Read on to find out more about training contract opportunities at Clifford Chance and hear from future trainee, Jeffrey Arthur about his experience with the firm.

Clifford Chance Training Contract In A Nutshell

Job Title: Trainee Solicitor
Location: London
Opportunities: 2023 Training Contract, 2024 Training Contract
Salary: £48,000 (First year), £54,000 (Second year), £100,000 (NQ)
Deadlines: 25th November 2021 (2023 Training Contract), 9th December 2021 (2024 Training Contract)

What Does A Training Contract Entail?

A Training Contract with Clifford Chance will offer you the opportunity to gain a breadth of experience, to equip you into a confident solicitor and business adviser.

Elements of their training contract include:

  • Client and international secondments
  • Four seat rotations (three seats will be in core areas of Finance, Corporate and Capital Markets)
  • Dedicated training and support

When you start each seat, there’ll be in-depth training in that practice area, which will bring you up to speed with the issues and challenges you’re likely to face. You’ll also have a supervisor in each seat, with regular meetings with your dedicated Graduate Development Specialist.

Future Trainee Experience

Jeffrey Arthur, recent recipient of a Training Contract at Clifford Chance shares his experience:

“I’ve always had an interest in what goes on behind the scenes. I used to watch the Ghanaian news with my parents and see stories about new developments in Africa. It wasn’t until I went to university that I realised commercial lawyers had a big role to play in getting these bridges built. Now that I have a Training Contract at Clifford Chance, I’m hoping to do just that. I’m looking forward to working on ground-breaking deals that make an impact on the lives of everyday citizens. I’m excited to collaborate with talented, driven people who care as much as I do. I met some of them at a graduate event recently, and they were so down-to-earth. They were real people committed to delivering exceptional outcomes.”

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What Will I Be Doing?

Whilst your experience on each seat will be very different, in all of them you will develop your legal and business skills, gain insight into our high profile clients and enhance your commercial awareness.

Tasks could include:

  • Drafting and proofing documents
  • Conducting due diligence on a client’s acquisition target
  • Attending client meetings
  • Preparing documents for a court hearing
  • Researching titles and leases on a real estate portfolio or creating a data room ahead of a major transaction

Underpinning this exposure to the best work available, you will receive learning and development support from the Clifford Chance Academy. At the start of each seat you will receive specialised training in that sector and a dedicated supervisor.

Beyond Your Offer

Once you’ve secured your Training Contract, right up until the point you start as a trainee, Clifford Chance will continue to build your relationship and invest in your skills development.

There is the opportunity to take part in Clifford Chance’s award-winning LIFT internship, which is geared towards first year students. It offers paid summer internships, designed to create more business-minded, agile and creative trainees by providing work experience placements with select organisations, prior to starting the Training Contract. This means that you’ll be equipped to hit the ground running when you start working with them.

To ensure that you have a smooth and enjoyable transition into life at the Firm, they also offer a comprehensive two-year buddy programme. You will be matched with a buddy who is about to start the first seat of their Training Contract, allowing you to see the lifecycle of a trainee in practice. This will provide you with a unique insight into what a career at Clifford Chance could look like for you.

Interested? You’ll Need To Be…

  • A penultimate year law and final year non-law students
  • Eligible to start your Training Contract in 2024

Clifford Chance also look for trainees that have:

  • Problem solving with commercial insight
  • Relationship building and networking
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)

If you are eligible to start your Training Contract in 2023, please apply to their 2023 vacancy instead. If you are a first year undergraduate law student, second year undergraduate student of a four year law degree, or penultimate year non-law undergraduate student you can apply for SPARK.

How To Apply

Applications are now open and need to be made via Clifford Chance’s website. Shortly after submitting your application, you will receive an email asking you to complete an online Watson Glaser critical reasoning assessment. This takes approximately 30 minutes and should be completed within 5 days of receiving the email with instructions.

Applications close for 2023 Training Contracts: 25 November 2021
Applications close for 2024 Training Contracts: 9 December 2021

Note: They do not recruit on a rolling basis and no not review applications until the deadline has passed.

Good luck!

More Questions?

Further information on the firm and the opportunities that they offer can be found on their website.

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