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 (as specified by the SRA) then you will be need to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) prior to joining us as a trainee.
All future trainees will complete a LLM Commercial Legal Practice (LLM CLP) prior to starting their training contract. Both the GDL and LLM CLP are funded by Clifford Chance and we will provide a maintenance grant to use during your studies.
Applications open on 3rd August 2020 and close at midnight on 10th December 2020. 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.
Shortly after submitting your application, and if you fall into the target groups, you will receive an email from us asking you to complete an online Watson Glaser critical reasoning assessment. This takes approximately 30 minutes and should be completed within 5 days of receiving our email with instructions.
The assessment days for Training Contracts will take place in London from the week commencing 8th February 2021.
You are only able to make one application to a Scheme/role (Training Contract OR Middle East Training Contract OR IGNITE OR SPARK). Multiple applications will not be considered.
The Training Contract is targeted at penultimate year law students and final year non-law students (undergraduate degree). If you are an applicant who does not fall into these target groups, you can still apply but your application will not be priortised at this stage and, as such, you will not be sent a Watson Glaser test at the moment. If your application is going to be considered, you will find out no later than 14th December 2020.
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.