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Empower

The professional networking and employability event for LGBTQ+ students and recent graduates

Clifford Chance

Where diverse minds meet

Opportunities for LGBTQ+ students and graduates

Welcome to a law firm where you’ll always be free to be you. A firm where you’ll work with diverse colleagues on diverse cases. We know that we can only create the best solutions for our clients – and the best environment for our people – if we embrace bringing our whole selves to work. It’s why we’re so proud to be an early adopter of the UN’s push to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people in the workplace and beyond. And why we were ranked 11th in 2018's Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in the UK. We also run ACCEPT – a dedicated conference for LGBTQ+ students, sponsor the LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year award and partner with National Student Pride. With us, you’ll be empowered to be at your best.

So, are you ready?

Learn more at careers.cliffordchance.com/ukgrads

How you can get involved:

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. Take a look at our website to explore our different programmes for students – they range from Open Days through to summer schemes and virtual events.

Applications are open now and close on 12 December 2019. Applications for Open Days close approximately two weeks before each date.  

The application process is designed to help us identify the very best talent. You will complete an online application form followed by an online Watson Glaser test. Watson Glaser has been used by businesses and in education since 1925 and is a particularly effective way of recruiting lawyers. As we do not recruit on a rolling basis, after we have reviewed all applications and test scores you may be invited to attend an assessment day (not including Open Days).

On the day, you'll complete two CV-blind interviews with our committed team of partners and associates. The first of your two interviews is competency-based. The second is case study-based, with preparation time immediately beforehand. Our interview process is designed to enable you to demonstrate your skills, unique experiences and personality.

We will always endeavour to let you know the outcome as quickly as possible, sometimes within 24 hours, although it can depend on when you're applying.

Connect with Clifford Chance

Contact name: 
Hannah Rawson
Contact number: 
020 7006 4005
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