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Sustainable Recruitment Alliance

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.

Watch our video to hear more about this initiative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiBjN4nnXTo

Explore our Virtual Events Hub

Seize the opportunity and join up to 50 cutting-edge virtual events. Radical events that are democratising access to information in a way that was never before possible.

You’ll have access to a mix of panels, keynotes, skills sessions, interactive case studies and global legal professions. Plus talks from experts outside the industry at flagship events. All of which will equip you with the skills, knowledge and networks to succeed.

Explore our upcoming events.

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.

Access our podcasts here.

 

We’re a leading global corporate law firm. But we’re not a typical one. Far from it.

Life here means doing the best work for exceptional clients while being yourself. We look for individuals, not for ‘typical lawyers’. We’re focused, but we know how to have fun. And we collaborate. At every level. Which makes this a brilliant place to learn. To find your feet quickly. To get ahead.

So, are you ready?

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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£48,000
NQ Salary£94,500

Training Contracts

You don’t need a law degree to join us. (About half of our trainees come from non-law backgrounds.) What matters is that you’re resilient, curious, creative and open to new challenges. You’re someone who loves to learn. A great problem solver. A smart thinker. You’re commercially-savvy, solutions-oriented and up for working as part of a close-knit team.

One of the ways you can show us you have what it takes is to experience life here before you apply for your Training Contract. You can explore the possibilities available by attending one of our virtual events or completing one of our free Global Virtual Internships – open to everyone. These offer unparalleled access to legal resources whilst revealing the people and culture in a way that has never been done before.

Clifford Chance Training Contract 

We’ve designed the training contract to give you the breadth of experience you need to emerge as a confident business adviser. Your four rotations will include seats in our core areas of finance, corporate and capital markets, plus one other.

In addition to this, there are client secondments, international secondments and split-seat opportunities along the way. This ensures you get the widest range of exposure to our business while meeting the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). We aim to offer you the flexibilty to drive your training contract forward in a way that best suits you.

From the moment you start your training contract, you’ll have immense direct and indirect support.

Apply now.

IGNITE Training Contract 

Clifford Chance IGNITE is a Training Contract with a rare emphasis on tech. A new route that’ll take you into some of the world’s most innovative learning environments.

It’s a Clifford Chance Training Contract, but it had extra built-in time and space to develop new skills and solutions. To reconsider what tech can do for law. To redesign and streamline the way we operate. And redefine how we deliver the best results for our clients.

You’ll be exposed to the best work available, plus you’ll be mentored by seasoned experts at the Clifford Chance Academy. Which is arguably the legal sector’s leading in-house learning and development facility.

Apply now.

LIFT (Learning Internships for Future Trainees)

One of the ways we invest in our future lawyers is through our award-winning LIFT programme, the first internship programme of its kind. We have partnered with a select number of organisations and core Clifford Chance business teams, to offer paid summer internships to our future trainees, with the sole aim of supporting your professional development. Prior to starting your training contract you’ll have the opportunity to develop useful non-legal skills such as marketing, product management and business operations which will help you to excel as a trainee. We recognise that being a good lawyer takes more than knowing the law – it’s about understanding our industry, how businesses are run, and how best to service clients – and the best way to develop this understanding is through hands-on work experience. This is another way in which we prepare you to be able to hit the ground running when you start with us.

Watch this video to hear more.

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
Compulsory Seats - Additional commentsYou'll have four six-month rotations which will give you the opportunity to explore our practice areas, our client and international secondments and our split-seat opportunities.

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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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