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Not just a work placement. The start of your career at Clifford Chance.

Clifford Chance is proud to be a founding member of PRIME. Through PRIME, we are committed to ensuring that anyone who wants to enter the world of law has an equal chance to do so, regardless of their background. For many years, obtaining work experience in the legal sector depended largely on who you know rather than what you know. PRIME members have made a commitment to change this by providing fair access to work experience.

Our PRIME scheme is a four-day, classroom-based placement where we will introduce you to the areas of law within which we practice, providing you insight into the alternative routes into the legal profession from visiting barristers and in-house lawyers. You'll meet and interact with professionals from every area of our business, including trainees, lawyers, partners and recruitment specialists. 

Underpinning the entire scheme will be numerous opportunities to develop skills that will be useful to you in the future, from presentation skills to develeoping personal impact, to mock interviews, all skills you will need in whatever career path you decide to pursue.

Following completion of the PRIME scheme there are a number of exciting, bespoke opportunities available to you:

  • An online platform where you have access to mentors at the firm and PRIME alumni. You also receive regular bite-size learning modules to support you on your journey to university and beyond
  • Fast track application to the Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP) to give you further work placement opportunities
  • A reunion event before you start university to continue to build your network
  • Exclusive access to an executive coaching programme to help prepare you for interviews
  • Ongoing access to the graduate recruitment team

Our PRIME scheme is your first step to a career at Clifford Chance and alumni from the scheme will be encouraged to apply for our first-year SPARK programme. 

Breaking down barriers

Hear from some of our PRIME alumni that have gone on to secure Training Contracts with us. They share their fears, aspirations and experiences with you to bring to life the importance of our widening access initiative. 

“The city law stereotypes previously engrained in me were completely defied by PRIME. The unparalleled opportunity demonstrated the accessibility of a career in law for all, irrespective of your background. The connections I made and guidance I received throughout the scheme were crucial to my success in securing a career with Clifford Chance.”

Lewis –  2016 PRIME alumni and Future Clifford Chance Trainee

If you are unable to secure a place on PRIME - either due to eligibility, availability, or an unsuccessful application – we are also running three Open Days which are listed on the Open Day section of this website.


Our PRIME participants should:

  • attend a state (non-fee paying) school
  • be in Year 12-13 (England and Wales); S5-6 (Scotland); or Lower or Upper Sixth (Northern Ireland)
  • either be the first generation in your immediate family to attend university, or be (or have been) eligible for free school meals


 1 August 2019
Closes: 22 March 2020
Scheme dates: 6-9 April 2020

August PRIME
 1 April 2020
Closes: 12 July 2020
Scheme dates: 3-6 August 2020

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PRIME Newcastle

During our PRIME placement in Newcastle, you'll spend three days at our Newcastle office, where you'll meet and interact with professionals in the team as well as graduate recruitment specialists. We will introduce you to the areas of law within which we practice and talk to you about the opportunities in London and Newcastle.

Our requirements for participants are the same for our London and Newcastle schemes. 

Applications open: 1 August 2019
Applications close: 5 July 2020
Scheme dates: 27 – 29 July 2020

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