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It has never been more important to be conscious about the way we live and work and the impact our decisions have on our environment. Over the last seven years, we have been steadily implementing changes to our own graduate recruitment processes to minimise our carbon footprint. We are now taking a leading role in encouraging other graduate recruiters to consider the environmental impact of their attraction and recruitment strategies.

We are proud to be founding partners of the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance. An alliance designed to encourage recruiters from all industries to review their own processes and think about the ways they can modify their existing practices to become more sustainable and carbon-friendly.

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Clifford Chance Careers Podcast

Looking to improve your knowledge of the firm and your application? We have you covered through all the transitional stages of your career. From starting University to landing your first job. And, tips on how you can build your professional network, making sure you seize the right opportunities to maximise career success.

Our podcast features experts from around the firm, giving unique insights into their personal journeys. From informal chats to deep-dives into the future of work, we offer a wide range of topics for you to listen to on the move.

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Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with an incredible depth and breadth of expertise that spans five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, the firm prides itself on its approachable, collegial, team-based way of working, and on the positive difference it makes to its clients right around the world. 

With thousands of lawyers working from dozens of offices across the globe, Clifford Chance offers expert advice on all aspects of commercial law. And strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

Many of Clifford Chance’s deals make the news. All of its work has a real and meaningful impact. Often, it demands the kind of knowledge that only international, cross-practice teams can provide. Its reputation in the field is formidable. Which is why organisations turn to the firm not just for legal expertise but also for advice on their most critical business issues. 

Clifford Chance knows it’s not enough to have an expert understanding of law. That its clients need people with real commercial acumen. People who can bring their insight and imagination to complex problems. People who can act as trusted business advisers and deliver the results that matter. This is reflected in the firm’s training contract, which gives new joiners the chance to develop experience across a variety of seats.

Regardless of the specific path they take, trainees at Clifford Chance gain an insight into the firm’s global deals, its high-profile clients and collaborative culture. As integral members of the team, they also have the chance to develop their legal and business skills, setting them up for a successful career that could take them in any number of different directions.

 

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • International
  • City
Practice Areas
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Employment & Pensions
  • Energy
  • Infastructure
  • Competition & EU
  • Insolvency
  • IP
  • Media
  • Tax
Head quartersLondon
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
  • Newcastle
Location of Major International Offices
  • United States
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • China
No of Partners586
No of Lawyers3553
Average Trainee Salary£52,500
NQ Salary£100,000

Training Contracts

Job Title: Trainee Solicitor

You will gain the breadth of experience you need to emerge as a confident solicitor. You will have four six-month rotations, giving you the opportunity to explore our practice areas, client and international secondments and our split-seat opportunities.

Job Type: Fixed Term Contract

Location: 10 Upper Bank Street, London

Salary:

  • £50,000 (first year)
  • £55,000 (second year)

Eligibility:

To apply to this vacancy you must be eligible to start your Training Contract in 2023. If you are eligible to start your Training Contract in 2024 (typically penultimate year law or final year non-law students) you should apply for our Training Contract 2024 vacancy instead. If you are a first year student, second year student of a four year degree or penultimate year non-law student you can apply for SPARK.

You are only able to make one application to a Scheme/role (London Training Contract 2023 OR London Training Contract 2024 OR Middle East Training Contract OR IGNITE OR SPARK). Multiple applications will not be considered.

Please note that you will not be sent a Watson Glaser test upon submission of your application as we will not be sending it until after the application deadline of 25th November. In the meantime, we would encourage you to take full advantage of the virtual events we are running between now and December as well as our new global virtual internship – details of all of these are available on our website – https://careers.cliffordchance.com/london/home.html

Please be aware that we will only review your application form. If you upload your CV, this will pre-populate some of your application however your CV will not be reviewed.

Please do NOT upload a covering letter as this will not be reviewed.

 

Summary:

Clifford Chance is one of the world’s leading law firms, offering local and global clients expert advice on all aspects of commercial law. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across five continents and seven practice areas.

As a trainee at Clifford Chance you will undertake seats in at least four of these practice areas. Three of your seats will be in our core areas of Finance, Corporate and Capital Markets. One seat could be an international secondment, client secondment or split seat. You will therefore gain wide exposure to our business which will allow you to determine which area you would like to qualify into as an England & Wales qualified lawyer.

 

Responsibilities

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. The tasks you undertake 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. You may even run some smaller transactions for our clients.

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

Throughout your Training Contract, you will be closely supported, both informally and through formal mentoring, by the graduate development team, legal support manager and your monitoring partner.

 

Experience and skills

Whilst you do not need to have prior legal experience or a law degree to apply to us, we expect our trainees to be problem-solvers with strong communication skills and commercial acumen. The competencies that we look for in our trainees include:

  • Business awareness
  • Leading and managing
  • Problem solving with commercial insight
  • Relationship building and networking
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to identify legal vs business issues

Our Training Contract is open to Law and Non-Law students.

If you have not studied a qualifying law degree and you have neither completed or are in the process of completing the Graduate Diploma in Law you should apply for the Training Contract 2024 start date instead.

Should you still need to complete the LLM Commercial Legal Practice (LLM CLP) you will join our accelerated programme in either July 2022 or January 2023 prior to the commencement of your Training Contract.

Both the GDL and LLM CLP (or equivalent) are funded by Clifford Chance and we will provide a maintenance grant to use during your studies.

 

Application process

Applications open on 3rd August 2021 and close at midnight on 25th November 2021.  We do not recruit on a rolling basis and we do not review applications until after the deadline has passed.  We will only review the information on your application at the point of submission – any changes made after this will not be taken into consideration.

If we progress your application further, you will be sent an email on or before 20th December asking you to complete a Watson Glaser critical reasoning assessment. This takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and you will be given a deadline to complete this by.

The assessment days for Training Contracts will take place virtually from the week commencing 17th and 24th January 2021.

Further information on the firm and the opportunities that we offer can be found on our website: careers.cliffordchance.com/London/home.html

No of Trainees / Yr125
Average Retention Rates82%
Location
  • London
Sponsorship - LPCYes
Sponsorship - GDLYes
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • CV & Cover Letter
  • Online Interview
  • Psychometric Testing
Vacation Scheme Requirement?
  • No (not a requirement of TC application)
Number of Seats4

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Diversity Opportunities

ACCESS Scheme

Clifford Chance is proud to be a founding member of PRIME. Through PRIME, we are committed to ensuring that anyone who wants to enter the world of law has an equal chance to do so, regardless of their background.

The scheme is an introduction to a career in law, so you’ll meet and interact with professionals from every level of our business – from trainees and recently qualified associates, to Partners and recruitment specialists.

And it doesn’t end there. We’ll keep in regular contact with you following the scheme, you’ll have access to mentors at the firm and you’ll be invited back for events and a reunion before you head off for university.

Aimed as those:
  • At a Non Fee Paying School
  • Year 12 (England and Wales)
  • S5 (Scotland)
  • Lower Sixth (Northern Ireland)
Location
  • London
  • Newcastle

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Bespoke Undergrad & Postgrad Opportunities

SPARK Scheme

SPARK is an award-winning and unique programme that could give you an unparalleled introduction to the world of commercial law. You’ll learn from our expert mentors in the classroom and on the job too. You may even secure a Training Contract by the end of your first year of university (or second year if you are on a four-year degree).

If you are a Law student then you should be able to start a Training Contract in 2024, and if you are a non-Law student then you should be able to start in 2025.

Apply now. 

Global Virtual Internships

A global experience at your fingertips. The future of work experience is here.

Our free global internships are the future of learning. Created by leading experts from across our global network, our 20+ hours of cutting-edge content can be accessed anytime, anywhere to suit yout schedule. Experience international work like never before and develop the analytical skills that will turn you into a leading lawyer of tomorrow.

Hear from the Global Senior Partner, Jeroen Ouwehand, as he describes why we are passionate about equal education and its role in creating equal opportunities for all. Watch the video here.

Learn more and register today.


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Bespoke School Age Opportunities

ACCESS Scheme 

Clifford Chance is proud to be a founding member of PRIME. Through PRIME, we are committed to ensuring that anyone who wants to enter the world of law has an equal chance to do so, regardless of their background.

The scheme is an introduction to a career in law, so you’ll meet and interact with professionals from every level of our business – from trainees and recently qualified associates, to Partners and recruitment specialists.

And it doesn’t end there. We’ll keep in regular contact with you following the scheme, you’ll have access to mentors at the firm and you’ll be invited back for events and a reunion before you head off for university.

Learn more about the application process and apply.


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Other Opportunities

SPARK is our award-winning opportunity to gain an insider’s view into what a career in law can look like. This opportunity is for individuals in their first year, second year of a four-year degree, or penultimate year of a non-law degree.

Job Title: SPARK London 2022
Location: 10 Upper Bank Street, London
Salary: £450 per week

 

Eligibility:

SPARK is open to all  first year law students, second year students of four-year law degree or penultimate year non-law students. You are not eligible to apply to any other roles (Training Contract or IGNITE).

For exceptional students the SPARK Scheme may lead to a Training Contract. If you are a law student then you should be able to start a Training Contract in 2025, and for non-law, 2026.

Please be aware that we will only review your application form. If you upload your CV, this will pre-populate some of your application however your CV will not be reviewed.

Please do NOT upload a covering letter as this will not be reviewed.

Summary

Clifford Chance is one of the world’s leading law firms, offering local and global clients expert advice on all aspects of commercial law. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across five continents and seven practice areas.

SPARK is an award-winning and unique opportunity to gain an unparalleled introduction to the world of commercial law, undertaking classroom based learning alongside work shadowing in a practice area. You may even secure a Training Contract by the end of your first year of university (or second year if you are on a four-year degree or a penultimate year non-law student).

Experience and skills

You do not need to have prior legal experience or a law degree to apply to us. As our SPARK Scheme may lead to a Training Contract, we will expect you to be a problem-solver with strong communication skills and commercial acumen. The competencies that we look for in our SPARK interns (and trainees) include:

  • Business awareness
  • Leading and managing
  • Problem solving with commercial insight
  • Relationship building and networking
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to identify legal vs business issues

 

The details for the Training Contract are:

Job Title: Trainee Solicitor
Job Type: Permanent
Location: 10 Upper Bank Street, London
Salary: £48,000 (first year)

£54,000 (second year)

SPARK Application process

Applications open on 3rd August 2021 and close at midnight on 10th February 2022.  We do not recruit on a rolling basis and we do not review applications until after the deadline has passed.  We will only review the information on your application form at the point of submission – any changes made after this will not be taken into consideration so please refrain from making any changes after you have submitted.

Shortly after submitting your application, and if you fall into one of the groups eligible to apply, you will receive an email from us 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 our email with instructions.

The assessment days for our SPARK Scheme will take place virtually from the week commencing 28th February and 7th March 2022.

Further information on the firm and the opportunities that we offer can be found on our website: careers.cliffordchance.com/London/home.html


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