Graduate scheme

Greater London



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.

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.


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.


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.

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