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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Clifford Chance

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 17 ratings in 2019)
"Clifford Chance is the best of the best."
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
5.9 / 10
8.3 / 10
8.6 / 10
Pro Bono
8.6 / 10


  • There are lots of different pro bono projects that trainees can get involved in.
  • Diversity is a high priority for the firm and there are many initiatives supporting it.
  • The firm has a very friendly culture and many social activities.
  • Trainees are given high levels of responsibility and interesting work from the start.


  • Tasks can be shared inconsistently, leading to trainees having varied amounts of work.
  • Some departments have very long and unpredictable hours.
  • Trainees feel the firm does not do much towards green initiatives.
  • There could be more transparency around seats.

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"The firm is investing a lot of money into reducing its carbon footprint."

"I am really pleased how committed Clifford Chance is to diversity. You find people..."

"Client interaction varies between seats and matters, but you will rarely be excluded..."

"I have worked on one large pro bono project called Lifescape, which is an NGO effectively..."

"The people and sociability. The buzz of new work and exciting projects. A real team..."

"My long hours have been a drawback for me at times."

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