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A bright start to a brilliant career in Singapore

In 2012, Clifford Chance Pte Ltd and Cavenagh Law LLP registered as a Formal Law Alliance in Singapore under the name Clifford Chance Asia. The Formal Law Alliance allows the two firms to provide the broadest range of Singapore and international law services from one platform, with Singapore litigation representation provided through Cavenagh Law. 

Whether you're applying for a Summer Internship or a Practice Training Contract, this provides you with a unique opportunity that few firms in Singapore can offer.

The Training Programme

This unique programme is 26 months in duration, and will first provide a Practice Training Contract through Cavenagh Law LLP. Following your admission to the Singapore Bar, you will then undergo the Post-Qualification Training Programme conducted by Clifford Chance.

Over the course of this programme you will undertake four rotations which include a combination of seats in our practice areas of Corporate, Capital Markets, Banking & Finance and International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution. 

 

In addition to this, one of your seats will be an international secondment, allowing you to gain real insight into how our cross-border collaboration contributes to our success.

From the moment you start, you'll receive tremendous support from the HR team, partners, and supervisors, who have been through the process themselves because we recognise that quality training and supervision are the key to getting the most from your training period.

The Training Programme Benefits

  • Practice trainee honorarium: SG$72,000
  • Post-Qualification Training Programme salary starting at SG$90,000 
  • Financial assistance during Part B studies
  • Reimbursement of Part B fees

Once you have been called to the Singapore Bar, you will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • 25 days' annual leave
  • Medical and dental insurance schemes
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Flexible benefit scheme

Applications for our training programme 2024 is now closed. Applications for our training programme 2025 will open on 4 April 2022.

Summer Internships

A summer internship is the perfect way to learn about working at Clifford Chance and meet our people. This opportunity not only allows you to gain work experience in a first-class working environment, it is often the first step in your career path as a lawyer.

We run two summer vacation schemes annually across June and July. During the four-week scheme you will follow the life of a lawyer at Clifford Chance closely – you will sit in two different practice areas, working with our lawyers on real, live client projects. You will be treated as a part of our team and given opportunities to demonstrate your ability.

 

The scheme is designed for us to see the best of your ability. In order to do this, you will be assigned a mentor, an experienced lawyer one or two years ahead of you, who will help you settle in and who will answer any questions you might have. We will also host sessions from professionals across the firm to give you a real insight into how our firm works. As a part of the scheme, you will also have the opportunity to interview for a Practice Training Contract with Cavenagh Law LLP to commence after you graduate.

Benefits

  • $1,800 salary for the four-week scheme
  • Socials events and activities throughout the scheme

Summer Internship application deadlines

Applications for our 2022 internship programme is now open and closes on 28 January 2022.

Dates for the 2022 schemes are as follows:
Block 1: 30 May – 24 June 2022
Block 2: 4 July – 29 July 2022

Eligibility: To apply for a summer internship you must be eligible to be admitted to the Singapore Bar. Please refer to the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) for more information on the approved universities, and the "qualified person" and admission requirements. You must also be in a position to start your Practice Training Contract with Cavenagh Law LLP in January 2025.

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What we look for

You will need to exhibit ambition, drive and commitment, the ability to articulate ideas clearly, and the desire to build relationships and deliver outstanding service. We're also looking for business awareness, a keen commercial insight and a strong ability to lead and manage.

Successful candidates also demonstrate intellectual curiosity, common sense, strong interpersonal skills, an interest in business and the capacity to assimilate detailed information quickly. 

 

These are the qualities that will determine your future with us. Above all, we are looking for people who do not settle for second best in what they want to achieve and where they choose to work.

When completing your application consider how you can best demonstrate these qualities and try to provide examples from your academic life, work experience or other activities.

Application process

The first stage of the application process is an online application form. If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to take part in a video-recorded interview.  For summer internships, the final stage of our selection process is a face-to-face interview with an associate, partner, or member of our graduate recruitment team. This interview allows us to understand your background, interests and commercial awareness. If you are successful after the interview, you will be offered a position on our vacation scheme. If you are applying for a Practice Training Contract there will be an additional commercial exercise assessment to complete after the face-to-face interview.

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