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Clifford Chance

  • Up to 100 vacancies
  • 518 trainees
  • 585 partners
  • 6600 staff

About Clifford Chance

We’re a leading global corporate firm. But we’re not a typical one. Life here means doing the best work for exceptional clients while being yourself.

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More info

The people we look for come from a variety of backgrounds who have the right intellect, motivation and personal qualities to succeed as an international lawyer with us. We don't compromise on quality, but we do take a broad view on what that quality looks like.

Our key selection criteria

Cover commercial awareness, problem-solving ability, communication skills, leadership potential and an aptitude for relationship-building. Ultimately our selection process isn't about you fitting into a Clifford Chance mould; it's about your conviction that this is the place where you can do your best work and build the career you want.

To apply

As an undergraduate, you'll need a strong academic record. We may also consider your application if there are other aspects to your background and achievements that mark you out as an exceptional performer.

Initially you should fill out our online application form. This is the first stage in a selection process that also includes the Watson Glaser test and assessment days at our Canary Wharf offices in London.

Applications to

Recruitment London via the firm's website

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Psychometric testing

Where bright minds meet

We are a truly pioneering law firm. Working together, we offer incomparable legal expertise.

Our firm spans jurisdictions, cultures, languages. In a world where commercial success increasingly relies on globalisation, we offer clients a truly international perspective.

Our work is complex, challenging, exhilarating. We work with multinationals, governments and regulatory bodies. Many of our deals are newsworthy. Often they demand specific knowledge that only international, cross-practice teams can provide.

Our reputation in the field is formidable. We have more band 1 rankings than any other firm in Chambers Global 2019. That's why organisations turn to us not just for legal expertise but also for advice on their most critical business issues.

Our people

Come from remarkably diverse backgrounds. Many who join us have studied law. Many haven't. What they share is a sense of togetherness. Client challenges rarely fall within one practice area, so specialists at every level work together to cut through the most complex of problems. Whatever their background, it's their combined ambition, intellect and entrepreneurial spirit that set them apart.

Our offer

Stretches beyond training contracts and vacation schemes. You'll work on high profile deals. You'll learn from established experts. You'll take real responsibility. It's a refreshing and stimulating environment. One where your unique talents will have the space to shine, develop and make an impact.

SPARK scheme

A unique opportunity for exceptional first-year students and second-year students of a four-year course to gain an insider's view into what a career in law can look like. The five-day paid scheme is fast-paced, dynamic and packed full of exciting opportunities, including a visit to one of our European offices. It can also lead you straight to a training contract.

Vacation schemes

Are a brilliant way for both law and non-law students to experience the life and work of a lawyer. You get a rich experience, with training exercises, social events and contact with both trainees and qualified lawyers. Most importantly, you'll take real responsibility and work on high profile deals. If you have relevant language skills, we'll also offer you a two week placement in an overseas office.

Open days

Open days are filled with presentations and networking opportunities. You'll meet trainees, lawyers and partners. The graduate recruitment team will take you through how to make the very best application. We'll ensure you leave with all of your questions answered. 

Applying is straighforward, so if you are considering a career with us, secure your place now.

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.


  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

10 Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5JJ
Phone: 020 7006 4005
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 60
Minimum qualification: Strong and consistent academics
Start salary: £48,000
Sponsorship: CPE/GDL/LPC
Turnover: £1,303,000,000 (2012)
Profit per partner: £1,078,000 (2012)
Starting salary: £48,000
Retention rate: 81% (2013)
Partner diversity:
  • 15.3% female (2012)
Lawyer diversity:
  • 49.1% female (2012)
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Amsterdam
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Madrid
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • Riyadh
  • Sao Paulo
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Warsaw
  • London
  • Asylum Support Appeals Project
  • Fair Trials International
  • Liberty
  • London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
  • Mary Ward Legal Advice Centre
  • Reprieve
  • Save the Children
  • The Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Bright Network
  • DiversCity
  • Pathways to Law
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall